Welsh school holidays start with two early morning services for Beaumaris crew
The volunteer crew members of the R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat had their sleep disturbed by two requests for assistance in the early hours Saturday 18 July 2020.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched at 12.30 am at the request of the U.K. Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 28 foot yacht with a sick crew member aboard.
The craft with two male crew aboard was making slow progress, the crew members aboard had been sailing since early morning of the 17 July so where tired and one was feeling unwell. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the vessel at 12.35 am near Friars Bay on the Menai Straits placing a crew member aboard then escorted the boat to and assisted with mooring near Gallows Point. The yacht crew elected to remain aboard the vessel and get some sleep.
In the meanwhile the Tamar Lifeboat Kiwi from Moelfre had arrived in the Menai Straits having towed a 26 foot yacht with a failed engine from north of Puffin Island. Once Beaumaris lifeboat had competed her first task, she met and took over the tow from the Moelfre Lifeboat at 1.26 am.
The Moelfre lifeboat left the scene at 1.30 am whilst the Beaumaris lifeboat towed the casualty vessel to a mooring in Beaumaris Bay. The lifeboat then took the two male crew members aboard this vessel to the shore. A taxi was arranged to take them back to their homes in the north west of England.
The Penmon mobile coastguard rescue team had also been in attendance on the shore for both these incidents.
The inshore lifeboat with her volunteer crew then returned at 2.20 am to her station at Beaumaris but as the crew then had to undertake a thorough clean of the vessel and equipment due to the Coronavirus pandemic. They did not leave the lifeboat station until around 4.00 am.
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.