Beaumaris Lifeboat assists a catamaran with engine failure
On Saturday 7 September 2019 the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead received a request for assistance from the crew of a sailing catamaran with engine failure near the Caernarfon Bar at the entrance to the Menai Straits.
The lifeboat volunteers where paged at 7.43 am and the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 7.55 am proceeding to the assistance of this craft.
Fortunately the vessel had managed to anchor in the channel but was beam on to the swell which made the conditions for the two crew members aboard the craft very uncomfortable.
Once at the scene one of the volunteer lifeboat crew was placed aboard the casualty vessel and the lifeboat then proceeded to tow the craft into the Menai Straits, after transferring from an astern tow to an alongside tow the lifeboat gentle placed the catamaran alongside the vessels pontoon berth at Portdinorwic Marina.
Once this was completed the lifeboat was able to return to her station at Beaumaris arriving back at 10.40 am being refuelled and made ready for her next service call by 11.00 am.
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.