Llandudno and Conwy Lifeboats answer Mayday call to vessel on fire
Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat William F Yates was tasked to launch at 10.22am on Sunday to join the Conwy inshore Lifeboat The May-Bob. They were required to attend a stricken vessel with a possible fire located ‘between Conwy fairway buoy and Traeth Lafan Sands' with three persons on board
The HM Coastguard Holyhead also requested all nearby vessels to stand by and offer assistance, while a local fishing vessel was able to take three people off the casualty vessel. The Conwy ILB was first on scene followed shortly after by the Llandudno lifeboat.
The casualties were transferred to the Llandudno lifeboat which, together with the Conwy ILB, remained on standby until satisfied there was no imminent risk of fire, and an assessment could be made about establishing a safe return of the vessel to Conwy.
The Llandudno lifeboat was then requested by the HM Coastguard Holyhead to tow the stricken vessel to a safe mooring at the Beacons Jetty, Conwy Morfa.
Graham Heritage, Llandudno Coxswain, explained: ‘in these situations there is a critical need to thoroughly assess all the possible risks to ensure all crew members remain absolutely safe before they go aboard to safely secure a vessel.’
For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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