Moelfre RNLI Volunteers Respond to Pager During Storm Ciara.
At 11:44 am (Sunday 9th February) RNLI Moelfre volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat Kiwi after being tasked by Holyhead Coastguard that a 12-metre working boat had slipped her mooring at Red Wharf Bay.
Once on scene, Moelfre lifeboat crew assessed the situation before transferring a lifeboat crew member onboard the casualty vessel. The crew member then checked to make sure that no persons were onboard the casualty vessel before setting the towline. At 11:58am the tow was underway to Amlwch Port after clearance was granted by the Harbourmaster that the casualty vessel could be safely moored in their sheltered harbour. At Amlwch the Cemaes mobile Coastguard team assisted in mooring the casualty vessel.
At 1:59pm Kiwi was once again underway making her way back to the boathouse at Moelfre., she was back on slip at 2:32pm and was washed down and ready for her next call to service by 3:10pm.
Speaking on behalf of Moelfre RNLI, press officer Phil Williams said:
‘While challenging for our crews, this call out was a huge testament to the level of training RNLI volunteers undergo. Lifeboat crew members are highly trained and skilled to carry out such challenging work and thanks to the generosity of the public, we are provided with the best of equipment and technology to save lives at sea.’
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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.