First launch of 2022 for Beaumaris Lifeboat is to a yacht adrift in the straits.
At 11.46 am on Friday 7 January 2022 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a yacht believed to be adrift near Glyn Garth flats on the Menai Strait.
The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington were tasked to assess the situation the lifeboat launched at 11.56 am and proceeded to the casualty vessel.
In addition, to the lifeboat Mobile Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bangor and Penmon had also been tasked.
Once on scene at the vessel and having ensured that no one was aboard the vessel with the cabin locked an assessment was made by the helmsman as to the best course of action. It was decided for safety reasons that as the vessel was drifting in the main channel t should be towed back to the safety of the nearest mooring or berth,
The lifeboat crew took the boat in tow initially a tow to a berth at Penrhyn dock was considered but as the vessel was a keel yacht this was deemed unsuitable. Consequently, the Penmon Mobile Coastguard team arranged for the craft to be moored on a mooring near Menai Bridge.
Once the tow was competed and the boat safely moored the lifeboat was released from the service by the U.K. Coastguard to return to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 12.40 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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