Llandudno Lifeboats in action in a busy twelve hours
On Thursday afternoon at 3.59pm, Llandudno’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson was launched for service.
The volunteer crew of four were tasked to assist a small fishing boat anchored off Llandudno Pier, where it had suffered mechanical failure. With the assistance of a crew member, the fisherman was able to restart his boat and make a gradual return to a safe mooring at Deganwy Marina. The ILB remained with the vessel on its return journey before returning to the Boathouse at Craig y Don.
At 3.10 am today the all-weather lifeboat William F Yates was tasked to launch by the Holyhead Coastguard. A survey vessel working in Liverpool Bay had observed a vessel without navigation lights and had reported their concern to the HM Coastguard. The Llandudno Lifeboat launched and proceeded to locate the vessel which was found six miles north of the Great Orme. The twenty-six-foot pleasure craft was said to be heading from Rhyl to Beaumaris. A Llandudno crew member boarded the craft and found a single occupant dealing with a navigation lights failure. After assessment, the Lifeboat Coxswain ascertained that it was safe for the vessel to continue its journey. The ALB therefore returned to Llandudno arriving back at the boathouse at 5 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.