Dinghy with engine failure in the Menai Strait helped by Beaumaris lifeboat.
The volunteer crew members of the R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat received a page at 9.37 pm on Monday 7 September 2020 from the U.K. Coastguard; requesting that the crew assemble in case the lifeboat would be required. In the event this subsequently resulted in the lifeboat being launched.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 9.49 pm and made her way towards the casualty. This being a two metre inflatable dingy with one person aboard that had suffered a failure of the outboard motor. The boat was located on the Gwynedd side of the sandbanks in the Menai Strait.
The occupant of the craft was wearing a life-jacket and able to assist the lifeboat in locating him by use of an emergency strobe light together with flashing his torch.
He was taken aboard the lifeboat and his dinghy then taken in tow both being taken to the beach by Gallows Point Beaumaris.
The lifeboat was released to return to her station at 10.22 pm being refuelled and thoroughly cleaned under the Covid 19 instructions being prepared for her next service call by 11.00 pm.
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.