Launch request on the Bank Holiday Monday for Beaumaris and Conwy lifeboats.
The volunteers at both Beaumaris and Conwy lifeboat received a launch request at 11.06 am (on Monday 6 May 2019) from the U.K Coastguard, to locate and assist a ten metre motor vessel that was taking on water in the vicinity of Dutchman’s Bank in the Menai Strait.
The Beaumaris inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched with a portable pump aboard at 11.14 am and contacted the casualty vessel on VHF radio once afloat. By using the direction finder ability on the VHF set aboard the lifeboat they managed to locate the position of the boat and proceeded directly to the location.
Once on scene a crew member was placed aboard the craft, which had one male aboard. The lifeboat man was able to ascertain that it would not be necessary to use the portable pump in this instance. The Conwy inshore lifeboat had now arrived at the incident and they also placed a crew member aboard the casualty vessel.
It was decided to escort the boat to her moorings at Conwy and for a while both lifeboats remained with the craft until satisfied that the Conwy lifeboat would be able to continue the escort duties alone.
The Beaumaris lifeboat then recovered her crew member from the motor vessel and returned to Beaumaris at 12.10 pm being recovered refuelled and made ready for service by 12.40 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.