Porthdinllaen RNLI assists broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat, the ‘John D Spicer’ was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at Holyhead at 11:45 am, to assist a yacht in difficulties near the notorious Bardsey Sound.

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat pictured on a previous launch

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Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat pictured on a previous launch

With Coxswain Owain Williams at the helm, the lifeboat made good headway in calm seas and light wind, further information was received that the casualty was a 32 foot steel hulled ketch, and had suffered mechanical failure.

Once on location, Coxswain Williams decided that the safest option was for a member of the lifeboat to be transferred to the yacht to assist to set up the tow line. Due to size of craft, it was decided to tow the stricken craft to the safety of Pwllheli Marina for repairs.

When near St Tudwals Island near Abersoch, the tow was safely transferred to the care of Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat.

Porthdinllaen lifeboat returned to her station and washed down, refuelled and ready for service by 5pm.

Coxswain Owain Williams added: ‘They were well equipped on board the yacht with all occupants wearing lifejackets and had several means to call for assistance which greatly assisted us in achieving a successful outcome today’.

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