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Lifeboats News Release

Moelfre's RNLI volunteer crew were paged this morning at 07:06 am (18.10.21) to reports of 3 persons on board a yacht suffering from engine failure Northeast of Moelfre.

RNLI Supporter, Eleanor Jones

Moelfre Lifeboat transferring the tow to Beaumaris in Friars Bay

The crew of the 38ft vessel called the Coastguard and requested assistance after suffering what was thought to be a fouled propeller and gave their position as approximately 5 miles to the Northeast of Moelfre.

Once the RNLI all-weather lifeboat Kiwi launched and was underway, it became apparent that the vessel had made good headway south under sail and was off the Dinmor buoys. Once on scene, the yacht's skipper was happy to be escorted into the Menai Strait as he was still making good headway.

The RNLI volunteer crew had the tow rope prepared and ready to deploy; once through the entrance and clear of puffin sound, the skipper happily accepted a tow.

After a period under tow from the Moelfre lifeboat, Beaumaris' Atlantic 85 lifeboat arrived on the scene and put a crew member on board. At approximately 08:50, Beaumaris took over the tow and secured the vessel to a casualty mooring. The Holyhead based H.M. Coastguard then stood down Moelfre's volunteer crew.

Moelfre lifeboat arrived back at the station, recovered, and made ready for her next call to service at 09:43.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910

RNLI/Phil Williams

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