Fishing boat recovered to safety by Porthdinllaen RNLI
A fishing boat in difficulties near Bardsey Island has been recovered safely by Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat
Within 45 minutes of launching, the lifeboat was alongside the stricken craft, and after assessing the situation, it was decided that the safest option, was to tow the stricken vessel, crewed by one fisherman, back to the safety of Porthdinllaen Harbour.
With favourable sea conditions, the lifeboat and the towed vessel arrived back at Porthdinllaen Harbour at 12.40pm. After placing the fishing boat on a safe mooring to await repairs, the lifeboat returned to her station, and was refuelled and ready for service by 1.05pm.
Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen added 'After suffering mechanical failure of its propulsion system, the boat was left unable to manoeuvre in what can be treacherous waters around Bardsey Island. We were glad to be of assistance to the fisherman'
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.