Porthdinllaen RNLI respond to two separate incidents
The Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat ‘John D Spicer’ launched on Saturday 3 April following a request from UK Coastguard at Holyhead after receiving a call from a yacht in difficulties with a fouled propeller, near Belan Fort, Caernarfon.
The lifeboat launched at 1.05 pm with its volunteer crew members under the command of Second Coxswain Robert Jones in a calm sea with very little wind.
On arrival at scene, the lifeboat crew set up a tow with the yacht, a 30 foot ketch type vessel, and commenced towing the vessel to Caernarfon at 2.20 pm. Steady progress was made and the yacht was safely towed the entrance of Slate Quay harbour.
At 2.40 pm, after ensuring that the yacht was safely anchored, the lifeboat was tasked to another incident 20 miles down the coast at Whistling Sands beach.
With calm seas, the lifeboat made good headway and on route further information was received that the casualty was 6metre rib inflatable boat with one person on board, that had broken down and drifted to an inaccessible cove. Aberdaron Coastguard Cliff Rescue team had arrived on scene to assist. On arrival, the All weather lifeboat`s on board tender was deployed with two crew members on board, and after checking the casualty over, transferred and secured the tow line to the craft.
The RIB and its single occupant were towed to Porthysgaden, and taken ashore by the Lifeboat`s tender boat.
On arrival at Porthdinllaen, the ]lifeboat was washed down and ready for Service by 6.05 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.