Early morning call for Beaumaris Lifeboat was to an incident near the boathouse.

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.38 am on Sunday 6 June the sleep of the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat was disturbed by a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead to assist a vessel that had suffered a rapid water intake whilst berthed alongside the pontoon at Beaumaris Pier

Beaumaris Lifeboat being recovered from the water in low light conditions

RNLI/ Paul Blackwell

Beaumaris Lifeboat being recovered from the water in low light conditions

The Penmon Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team had also been tasked to the incident. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 2.48 am arriving on scene straight away.

The two crew of the vessel had successfully managed to get on the pier from the boat but the bow of the vessel was now underwater with the stern resting on the concrete steps of the pier.

A lifeboat crew member assisted by RNLI volunteers from the shore crew and others helped to place additional mooring ropes on the vessel in an attempt to stop her sinking further.

The Fire service had also been requested to attend with their pumps the lifeboat remained at the scene whilst they attempted to stem the water ingress with their pumps. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful thus following a discussion with the owner and his agreement all units in attendance were stood down.

A team of assessors would attend later in the day to discuss the salvage of the craft.

The lifeboat returned to her station at 5.30am .so she could be serviced and refuelled and cleaned under the current Covid 19 instructions. Once this had been completed the crew left the station at 6.20 am

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