Llandudno Lifeboat launches to rescue stranded sailing vessel.
Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat William F Yates was tasked to launch at 8.45pm on Wednesday to locate and assist a stranded vessel. The vessel a 29-foot yacht had lost propulsion on route from Rhyl to Bangor.
Due to the calm conditions the crew of two were finding it difficult to make any progress under sail, hence their call to Her Majesty’s Coastguard at Holyhead. Shortly after launch the Llandudno Lifeboat located the vessel approximately two nautical miles off Llandudno Bay.
HM Coastguard then requested the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat to tow the stricken vessel to a safe mooring at the Beacons Jetty, Conwy Morfa.
A Llandudno RNLI crew member explained ‘in these situations there is a critical need to thoroughly assess all the possible risks to ensure all crew members remain absolutely safe before they safely secure a vessel. Once we had satisfactorily completed the assessment, we were able to make our gradual tow to Conwy arriving at 11.32pm.'
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