Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat assists stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI Volunteer crew were launched on Friday evening at 5:55pm to assist a stricken yacht.

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifebnoat alongside casualty

RNLI Porthdinllaen

22nd March Rescue

The yacht, 33 foot in length and three persons on board had been sailing down towards Caernarfon towards Bardsey Island when at a position approximately 5 miles North West of the island, all wind power was lost. After switching over to its inboard engine for propulsion, the engine also lost all it`s power.

Porthdinllaen`s all-weather lifeboat, the Tamar class John D Spicer was launched to assist the craft. Upon arriving on scene a tow line was successfully passed to the yacht and after her crew had secured a towing bridle, the tow towards Porthdinllaen began. Upon arriving at Porthdinllaen, the yacht was placed on a safe mooring in the harbour until repairs could be carried out until the morning. The lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled ready for service by 9:30pm.

Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen RNLI said: 'It is suspected that contaminated fuel was the reason for loss of engine power and with daylight fading fast, the sailors made the correct call by requesting for assistance, we were glad to be of assistance'

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