Two call-outs in four days for Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged by HM Coastguard at 8.41pm yesterday, Saturday 2 July 2022, to an injured sailor anchored off Llanbedrog headland.

RNLI/Enlli Williams

The casualty, an adult male, had fallen whilst making passage from Aberystwyth and had experienced engine failure and gib failure. He attempted to anchor the vessel off the headland at Llanbedrog but was unable to prevent the anchor from dragging.

The casualty, who had suffered a fall, was located by the volunteer crew after a brief search and a crew member was then placed on board the 26 foot sailing yacht to perform casualty care. The casualty was assessed and found to have a possible broken rib with a high pain score.

With no ambulance available and considering the welfare of the casualty, the decision was made to tow the vessel to Pwllheli Marina. A safe tow was established and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat made it’s way to the marina. The crew were met by the Coastguard unit who further assessed the adult male casualty. The casualty was left in their care and the lifeboat returned to the Lifeboat Station at 11.13pm where the lifeboat was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Abersoch RNLI volunteer helm, Andy Gundy, said, ‘This was a positive outcome with some good teamwork from all agencies involved.’ He added, ‘If you do get into difficulty or see anyone in trouble at sea, call 999 or use VHF Channel 16 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Notes to editors

· Abersoch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the ‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft callouts.

· Photo credit: Enlli Williams, Abersoch RNLI

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