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Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers assist Yacht aground at Aber Menai point.

Lifeboats News Release

A request was received from the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead on Wednesday 22 July 2020 for the RNLI Beaumaris Lifeboat with her volunteer crew to launch to assist a yacht aground at Aber Menai point.

Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington

RNLI/ A J Robinson

Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington

The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched at 7.16 am, arriving by the casualty vessel by 8.10 am.

The 30 foot yacht with three crew aboard which was on passage from Liverpool to Cardiff had anchored at 11.30 pm on Tuesday 21 July near Aber Menai point on the western entrance to the Menai Strait.

Unfortunately at 2.30 am on Wednesday 22 July the anchor began to drag and the vessel grounded on a shingle bank. It was decided by the Coastguard in consultation with those aboard the vessel that the lifeboat would arrive as a safety precaution in the morning just prior to the incoming tide.

This tide would lift the vessel from the shingle so that the lifeboat could then escort the boat into Victoria dock in Caernarfon.

In the event it transpired that the grounding had damaged the gearbox on the craft so it was necessary for the lifeboat to tow the boat.

The Bangor mobile coastguard rescue team had also attended the incident.

The inshore lifeboat with her volunteer crew then returned at 10.44 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 11.20 am.

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