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Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat launched to reports of submerged craft.

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1:50pm on Sunday 8 September to investigate report of a partially submerged boat off the Lleyn Peninsula Coast.

Y boa team prepare to tow dinghy ashore.

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

RNLI Pothdinllaen in Porthdinllaen Harbour

With Second Coxswain Robert Jones at the helm, Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather lifeboat and it`s volunteer crew proceeded to the last known position after a local fisherman had reported seeing the craft earlier. On arrival on scene, the boat was found to be a 12 foot tender with no persons on board and with UK Coastguard at Holyhead satisfied that there were no persons unaccounted for, it was decided to try and tow the dinghy, which was thought to have been washed out to sea in the recent storm, back to Porthdinllaen.

The Tamar class lifeboat onboard Y class inflatable was launched with two crew members on board to try and secure a tow line to the dinghy. After several attempts, the two crew members managed to secure a line to the bow of the dinghy and returned to the lifeboat. The dinghy, and only partially visible was towed to Porthdinllaen Harbour with the Y boat inflatable towing the craft ashore to Porthdinllaen.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 3pm.

Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen said: 'As the partially submerged dinghy was of high risk to other vessels, especially at night, of colliding with it and causing probable damage to their own vessels. The dinghy is now safely ashore at Porthdinllaen beach.'

Crew members prepare to launch the Y boat, with bow of submerged dinghy visible in centre.

RNLI/Porthdinllaen

RNLI Porthdinllaen at scene of submerged dinghy

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