Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers respond to pan-pan call
Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers were tasked by HM Coastguard to a 34-foot yacht that had declared a pan-pan message near Llanddwyn this morning.
The volunteer crew were tasked to the incident at 9:12am and launched the all-weather lifeboat John D Spicer at 9:23am. The crew made their way towards the yacht, which had a rope wrapped around the propeller near the Malltraeth side of Llanddwyn. The two persons on board the yacht had already dropped the anchor, but the anchor was dragging in the force 4-5 conditions.
The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene shortly after 10am and after assessing the situation a tow was established. The yacht was towed into the shelter of Victoria Dock, Caernarfon where she was placed on a mooring.
Owain Williams, Coxswain at Porthdinllaen RNLI said:
‘The two persons on board the yacht did exactly the right thing today by calling the Coastguard and declaring a pan-pan message. They were both wearing lifejackets and we’re glad they called for help when they did as the anchor was dragging the yacht towards the shore.
‘Even for the most experienced sailor the sea can be unpredictable, that’s why we advise people to respect the water and always wear a lifejackets and carry a means for calling for help.’
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.