First service of the year for Pwllheli RNLI
Pwllheli RNLI launched on their first service for 2021 along with Porthdinllaen RNLI.
Just after 1:20pm yesterday afternoon, Pwllheli all-weather lifeboat Lilly & Vincent Anthony were tasked to assist and take over a tow from Porthdinllaen RNLI. Tasked to assist a 32 foot Ketch with mechanical issues from Bardsey sound, Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat John D Spicer established a tow and made way towards Pwllheli.
As the Ketch needed a safe haven to moor up and rectify the mechanical faults, Pwllheli all-weather lifeboat was launched to take the tow from St Tudwals Islands for of the remainder of the journey to Pwllheli.
The tow was successfully transferred and the crew prepared themselves for the short tow back towards Pwllheli which took approximately 60 minutes. The tow was shortened at the harbour entrance for the remainder of the journey and the casualty vessel was moored up successfully on the fuel pontoon.
Pwllheli Lifeboat then returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service at approximately 5pm.
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