Local fishing boat assisted by Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat
Porthdinllaen Lifeboat volunteers were called to assist a stricken fishing boat drifting near rocks at Borthwen, a small bay approximately half a mile from the lifeboat station.
Porthdinllaen RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 3:45pm to a 35 foot local fishing boat which had a fouled propeller at Borthwen near Porthdinllaen.
The lifeboat was on scene within five minutes of launching and with the casualty near the rocks in heavy swell, it was decided that the quickest and safest course of action would be to established a tow as soon as possible and tow the vessel to deeper water. The tow rope was passed at the first attempt and made fast with the vessel towed to the safety of deeper water. After ensuring that the two persons onboard needed no medical assistance, the vessel was taken in tow to Porthdinllaen where it was placed safely on it's own mooring.
The all-weather lifeboat was rehoused and ready for service by 5:00pm.
Second Coxswain Robert Jones, who was at the helm of the Lifeboat added: 'The fishermen in question did the right thing today in calling for assistance. They were wearing lifejackets and had means of calling for help which meant that we were able to quickly launch to assist the stricken vessel.'
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