Llandudno inshore lifeboat aids a stricken vessel off Penrhyn Bay
On Wednesday (1 July) morning at 8.59am, Llandudno’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) Dr. Barbara Saunderson was tasked to launch by HM Holyhead Coastguard. They were called to assist a 6.8m amphibious rib which had suffered engine failure and was anchored approximately one mile offshore at Penrhyn Bay.
In good conditions, the volunteer crew soon reached the stricken craft which had a crew of two on board. After securing a towline the ILB proceeded to tow the rib to the safety of Porth Eirias where it had originally launched.
Helm Mike Jones, said, “we were pleased to find a well equipped and well serviced vessel, it was an unfortunate mechanical failure and clearly no fault of their own. They did all the right things including calling the coastguard for assistance. This was a good outcome, and our return journey from Porth Eirias allowed us to conduct some useful navigational training before returning to the boathouse.”
A spokesperson from the RNLI explained “this was a good operation; we were able to successfully carry out our rescue while also safely adhering to all the procedures and precautions we have put in place during the Covid 19 situation. The craft involved was from Colwyn Bay and had also followed all the current guidelines including seeking authority to launch from the local agencies.”
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.