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Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew on standby with ILB Salvage Pump

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged last week, 29June 2022, by HM Coastguard to assist a stranded motorboat on Porth Ceiriad beach.

RNLI/Emma Woods

The 15-foot Fletcher motorboat, with three people on board, had suffered engine failure and had drifted aground at Porth Ceiriad. They requested assistance from HM Coastguard via VHF radio, Channel 16.

The volunteer crew made the decision to prepare the ILB Salvage Pump as it was likely the vessel had taken on water.

Following the RNLI Standard Operating Procedure, the pump was prepared for use and the stowage box was securely locked to the deck of the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and the pump securely fastened before making passage to the casualty. The pump can pump out at variable speeds depending on the required pump output. When on service the pump is portable enough that the stowage box can be unclipped and transferred to the casualty vessel complete.

On this occasion the ILB Salvage Pump was not required as the vessel had not taken on water and the crew were able to refloat the vessel and after establishing a safe tow, the vessel and casualties, who were all safe and well, were returned to the main beach where the motorboat was loaded on to its trailer.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat and was thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

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: Emma Woods, Abersoch RNLI


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