RNLI Pwllheli’s Shannon lifeboat launched on first night-time shout

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RNLI Pwllheli’s Shannon all-weather lifeboat was tasked by H.M. Coastguard at 11.56pm on 27th July to launch to assist a 33-foot sailing yacht. The vessel was adrift 10 miles south west of Bardsey Island with three men on board.

RNLI Pwllheli all-weather Shannon lifeboat preparing to launch on the slipway in front of the boathouse.

RNLI/Elizabeth Denholm

RNLI Pwllheli all-weather Shannon lifeboat

The stricken vessel’s propellor had been fouled by rope and the engines had failed. RNLI Pwllheli’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at 12.26am in calm seas with a slight north-easterly breeze and excellent visibility. The all-weather lifeboat reached the yacht at 1.43am

On arrival the coxswain assessed the situation and decided that the vessel needed to be towed to the nearest safe habour. A tow line was established with the casualty vessel and made fast by the yacht's crew. The yacht was then towed to Pwllheli Marina where it was safely berthed at 6.15am.

One of the rescued sailors, commented: ‘This is the first time in 40 years of sailing I’ve had to call out the RNLI. We were thrilled to see the friendliness and expertise of the crew who were extremely efficient.’

RNLI Pwllheli Coxwain Andy Green said: ‘This was our first night-time shout for the new Shannon lifeboat and the first one launching from the boathouse. We had a good volunteer crew turnout plus a quick launch. Initial reports said the vessel was taking on water. The yacht was adrift so we quickly established a tow line and brought the vessel safely back to Pwllheli Marina.’

The all-weather lifeboat was ready for service at 6.25am

Notes to editor

Attached are photos of:

1.RNLI Pwllheli Shannon Lifeboat

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For more information contact Elizabeth Denholm, RNLI Pwllheli Lifeboat Press Officer on 07806 800627 or email [email protected] Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected]


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