Abersoch RNLI rescues sailor on power boat taking on water
Abersoch RNLI was called to help a sailor onboard a power boat in difficulty beyond the St Tudwals Islands yesterday (Saturday 22 June). The rescue was the first call out for new Helm Elissa Williams following passing her assessments in May.
Abersoch RNLI volunteers were called to a power boat experiencing mechanical difficulties. On arrival the crew realised the boat was taking on water and towed the boat back to Abersoch beach.
The crew located the power boat roughly 300 yards South East of St Tudwals West Island. On realising the boat was taking on water the decision was made to transfer the boat back to Abersoch beach.
The boat was met at the beach by Abersoch Coastguard Rescue team and a tractor from Abersoch Land and Sea, who had helpfully volunteered to assist the team recovering the power boat.
Speaking following the call out Abersoch RNLI Helm Elissa Williams said: ‘The gentleman did the right thing calling for help when he did and by setting his anchor. By having the means of calling for help it meant that help was able to arrive quickly.
'If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. However, mobile phones only have a limited range and by carrying a radio you can call for help from the Coastguard directly on channel 16.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Elissa Thursfield, Abersoch RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07920402015 or Elissa_Thursfield@rnli.org.uk or Eleri Roberts, Regional Media Officer on 01745585162 or Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
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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.