Beaumaris Lifeboat launched to one event as soon as resolved diverted to another

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.10 pm on Bank Holiday Monday 31 May the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead to go investigate a report of people cut off on a sandbar of Gallows once resolved re-tasked to a broken down vessel.

The Beaumaris B Class Lifeboat

RNLI/ A J Robinson

The Beaumaris B Class Lifeboat

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 12.19 pm and proceeded towards the sandbar.

The initial report indicated that the six people on the sandbar had been cut off by the incoming tide from their rigid inflatable boat Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue team being on patrol in the vicinity soon had the people under observation, and it became apparent that they would be able to recover to their boat.

All six had boarded the inflatable craft just before the arrival of the lifeboat;.They then came alongside the lifeboat so that the volunteer lifeboat crew could ensure all was well with them.

Once this was established and they were happy to make their own way back to the shore where the Penmon Mobile Coastguard Team was waiting to meet them, however they proceeded in the direction of Menai Bridge by which time both the lifeboat together with the Mobile Coastguard team were tasked to another incident.

The lifeboat with its volunteer crew then proceeded to assist a broken down 23 foot private fishing vessel near Puffin Island with two crew aboard.

Once on scene one lifeboat volunteer taken aboard the casualty craft and the vessel towed back to her mooring near the Gazelle hotel on the Menai Strait.

Once this was competed the lifeboat was released from the service at 1.52 pm 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.

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