RNLI Moelfre Volunteers Save Lone Yachtsman Drifting Close to Rocks.

Lifeboats News Release

At 09:47 (18/08/2022) the volunteer crew at Moelfre were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to launch the station Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) after the lifeboat station personnel had observed a small sailing dinghy struggling to make headway against the 27-knot headwind half a mile off the boathouse slipway.

RNLI/Phil Williams

The lone sailor aboard the dinghy had dropped sail and was attempting to row his craft as it was drifting close to the shallow channel called ‘Y Swnt’ that separates the mainland and Ynys Moelfre.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew quickly established a tow due to the sailing dinghy being perilously close to the rocky outcrop by Ynys Moelfre. The dinghy was then towed to deeper water, and as soon as they were clear of the dangerous rocks, the RNLI crew assisted the mature yachtsman in getting aboard the ILB.

The dinghy was then towed to the nearby safe haven at Traeth Moelfre to await the arrival of a family member who was on route with a boat trailer.

The ILB 'Enfys 2' then made the short journey back to the boathouse to be made ready for her next call to service.

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

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