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Beaumaris Lifeboat assists yacht with faulty engine.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.16 pm on Thursday 9 September the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a crew assemble page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a yacht broken down near Llanddwyn.

Beaumaris Lifeboat approaching the Menai Suspension Bridge

RNLI/ A J Robinson

Beaumaris Lifeboat approaching the Menai Suspension Bridge

At 5.30 pm the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched and proceeded to the casualty vessel.

Once on scene at the vessel and having ensured that all was well with the two crew members aboard, an assessment was made by the Helmsman as to the best course of action. It was decided for safety reasons that as the vessel had suffered engine failure, and it could not be restarted, it should be towed back to the safety of the nearest mooring or berth, however due to the falling tide at the Caernarfon Bar it would be some time before sufficient water depth would be available for the yacht to pass. The lifeboat instructed the yacht to deploy its anchor, and monitored the yacht until a sufficient water depth was available to return across Caernarfon Bar. By this time, fog had descended in the area, reducing visibility.

A tow was established, and both the lifeboat and casualty craft made their way back, and the vessel was taken to a berth at Victoria dock in Caernarfon, where the HM Coastguard Team and Harbour staff awaited to support the rescue effort.

Once this was competed the lifeboat was released from the service by the U.K. Coastguard to return to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 10.30 pm to be refuelled and cleaned under the current Covid 19 instructions. Once this had been completed the crew left the station

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