A 30 foot floating tree is towed to the shore line by Beaumaris lifeboat.
On Monday 30 September 2019 the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead received a report from al local yacht owner of a large tree floating in the Menai Straits in the vicinity of the boat moorings at Menai Bridge.
They tasked the Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat to assess the situation. Despite the heavy rain a low water navigation exercise to Caernarfon had been arranged for the volunteer lifeboat crew members consequently no page was made as sufficient crew where already at the station.
The Beaumaris. Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 6.15 pm proceeding to the area in which the tree had been sighted...
Arriving at the scene by 6.25 pm it became clear that this large tree was indeed a hazard to shipping on the Menai Straits and it was decided to tow the thirty foot tree to the Gazelle slipway.
Due to the tree branches great care had to be taken by the lifeboat crew in the poor visibility to ensure that the inflatable sponsons on the lifeboat did not get damaged.
The Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team had been tasked to attend at the Gazelle slipway to assist with making sure the tree was placed in a safe area pending the arrival of the council employees to remove the tree.
Once the care of the drifting tree had been passed to the Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team at 7.05 pm the lifeboat then proceeded to complete the planned low water exercise.
The lifeboat returned to her station 8.00 pm being refuelled and made ready for her next service call by 8.35 pm.
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