RNLI Moelfre inshore lifeboat Enfys 2 tasked to help stranded fishing boat.
RNLI Moelfre inshore lifeboat Enfys 2 was launched shortly after 10pm this evening (28/07/21) to assist a fishing boat in difficulties at Moelfre Bay.
The volunteer crew were leaving the station following our weekly exercise when the tasking request came from the Holyhead based Coastguard to assist a small 18ft fishing boat whose occupants had dialled 999 when they suffered a mechanical and electrical failure. The two persons on board were shining torches which were quickly spotted from the lifeboat station.
The ILB was quickly on scene and transferred an RNLI crew member onto the casualty vessel to assist the two occupants in receiving and setting up the tow and also recovering the anchor that had been thrown over the stern. The vessel was new to the owner, and having only bought it today, and it was their first trip out. They were unfamiliar with the vessel and didn't have sufficient safety equipment on board.
The casualty vessel was towed to Traeth Bychan where they were met by Moelfre Coastguard team, who were waiting ashore to assist the casualties to recover the vessel. Safety advice was given, and the ILB returned to the boathouse to be made ready for her next call to service.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.