Abersoch & Porthdinllaen RNLI called out to overturned dinghy.
Both RNLI volunteer crews were paged by UK Coastguard following reports of three people in the water after their dinghy had capsized off Ynys Enlli.
Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 11.33am Thursday 15 July and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, the Peter & Ann Setton, was launched at 11.40am and headed towards Ynys Enlli in a moderate sea state with a strong offshore northerly wind. The all weather lifeboat from Porthdinllaen was also launched at 11.38am.
The inshore lifeboat arrived at the scene at 12.05pm where the Coastguard helicopter had successfully airlifted the three adult male casualties, who were in the water, to safety. The inshore lifeboat crew assessed the situation and then safely towed the overturned vessel, a 3m Tobin Sport dinghy with a 15hp outboard engine, to Aberdaron main beach where the casualties remained in the care of the shorebased Coastguard team. The all weather lifeboat from Porthdinllaen was stood-down and returned to the lifeboat station.
The Atlantic 85 returned to the Abersoch lifeboat station at 13.30pm where it was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.
Notes to editors
· Aberosch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station
· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.
· Photo credit: RNLI/Emma Wood
RNLI media contacts
For more information contact Sarah Leather, Abersoch Lifeboat Press Officer 07583 084338 or email sarah_Leather@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 01745 585 162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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