Beaumaris Lifeboat tasked to a keel yacht aground in the Menai Strait
At 3.18 pm on Saturday 15 May 2021 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead to go to investigate and assist if required a keel yacht reported aground and listing at 15% near Victoria dock Caernarfon.
The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 3.29 pm and proceeded towards Traeth Gwyllt near Caernarfon, meanwhile the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team had also been requested to proceed to the area.
At this stage the Coastguard had been unable to contact the craft by VHF radio. This was finally achieved just prior to the arrival of the lifeboat. But due to poor radio reception the Coastguard spoke to the crew of the yacht via a mobile phone.
The two crew aboard the craft informed the coastguard that all was well and that the boat was fitted with a lifting keel,. They therefore intended to remain aboard until the incoming tide enable the list to be corrected and the keel lifted which it was anticipated would be in region of 8.00 pm tonight.
The lifeboat was therefore released from the service at 4.01 pm by the U.K. Coastguard to return to her station at Beaumaris 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 5.15 pm
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