Beaumaris lifeboat assists a yacht aground on a sandbank in the Menai Strait.
At 4.26 pm on Friday 11 September 2020 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from the U.K. Coastguard to launch in response to a ‘mayday’ received from a yacht that had gone aground.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 4.36 pm and made her way towards the casualty which was on a sandbar opposite Friars Bay near Beaumaris.
Once at the scene the lifeboat despite the windy conditions placed a crew member aboard and having checked for any obvious sign of damage to the keel and hull and with help from a rising tide managed to tow the craft off the sandbar.
Once afloat the two crew of the vessel checked for any ingress of water and once satisfied that the hull was watertight elected to continue to their mooring at Conwy.
The Penmon Coastguard Mobile Rescue Team had also been tasked to this incident and they monitored the progress of the boat towards Conwy.
The lifeboat returned to her station at 5.18 pm being refuelled and thoroughly cleaned under the Covid 19 instructions, being ready for her next service call by 6.15 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.