Busy start to the week for Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 3 August 2020 the volunteer crew were paged at 6.23pm and the ‘Peter & Ann Setten’ Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.43pm and headed out towards St Tudwal’s Islands.

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Abersoch RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

En route to a rib, which had the line for a lobster pot wrapped around it’s prop, a second incident was also reported of a kayaker struggling NNE of Cilan Uchaf. HM Coastguard then confirmed that the kayaker had been sighted and all was well and the lifeboat was not tasked to assist.

The crew proceeded to the rib, which had three people on board, and managed to safely free the rope from the prop. The rib was then escorted by the lifeboat towards Pwllheli Marina to ensure there were no problems with the engine.

The lifeboat returned to the Lifeboat Station where both the lifeboat and crew kit were thoroughly washed down and cleaned in accordance with the strict Covid-19 guidelines.

If you find yourself in trouble, or see someone else in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Always ensure that you have a means to call for help before heading out on to the water.

Notes to editors

· Abersoch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs

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The photo of the inshore lifeboat is a library image which was taken before COVID-19 restrictions.

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