Abersoch RNLI launch in the early hours to stranded powerboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat from Abersoch was tasked by the UK Coastguard shortly after midnight on Tuesday (18 August) to assist a Bayliner powerboat in difficulty at Cilan Uchaf.

'Peter & Ann Setten' Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Abersoch RNLI

The lifeboat was launched at 12.42am and arrived at Cilan Uchaf at 1.04am. The powerboat, with two people on board, was making passage from Conwy to London.

The casualties, who were not familiar with the area, were carrying both lifejackets and a means of calling for help and had hoped to locate a fuel berth. After running out of fuel they contacted the Coastguard to request assistance.

The vessel was towed by the lifeboat to Abersoch Moorings and the casualties were brought ashore. The crew then returned to the lifeboat Station at 2.37am and both the crew kit and lifeboat were then thoroughly washed down in accordance with the current guidelines and left ready for service.

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

RNLI Picture Caption

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

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