Donate now

Porthdinllaen RNLI tasked to search for broken down dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) crew were requested to launch to assist a 12foot dinghy with two persons aboard who were adrift in Caernarfon Bay.

Casualty craft being towed by Porthdinllaen Lifeboat


Casualty craft being towed by Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

The lifeboat was launched at 12:55pm with Coxswain Owain Williams at the helm, and made best headway to the last know position of the casualty.

The casualty had been unable to give an exact position due to the battery in their mobile phone fading and arriving on scene of their last known position, the lifeboat conducted a shore line search from Aberdesach up to Caernarfon Bar.

With no sighting of the casualty, the lifeboat then began a search further out to sea, and within 15 minutes had located the dinghy with the two occupants, approximately 2.5 miles west of Dinas Dinlle.

The Coxswain assessed the situation, and it was decided that the safest option was to tow the craft.

After fastening a tow to their craft, the two occupants were brought onboard the lifeboat to be checked over by the First Aid trained crew and to protect them from the sweltering heat.

The craft was towed to Trefor Harbour where they were transferred into the care of the local Coastguard team.

The lifeboat was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service by 4:00pm.

Owain Williams, Coxswain of Porthdinllaen Lifeboat added: 'They did the right thing in calling for assistance, due to mechanical failure they were unable to restart their outboard engine. We were glad to be able to assist.'

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.