An early morning first call-out of the year for Abersoch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew responded to the early morning call-out following a report of a dinghy drifting off Llanbedrog headland.

RNLI/Enlli Williams

Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by UK Coastguard at 00.30am Thursday 17 March 2022 to assist two casualties on board a small dinghy drifting off the headland at Llanbedrog.

The Peter and Ann Setten B Class Atlantic 85 inshrore lifeboat was launched at 00.48am and arrived at the scene within eight minutes.

On arrival at the scene two young adult male casualties were found onboard. They were not wearing lifejackets at the time of the rescue and had contacted the Coastguard via a mobile telephone.

The casualties were taken onboard the lifeboat and a safe tow was established and the dinghy was returned to the shore. The casualties were then handed over to the local Coastguard team.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 01.35am and was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and rehoused ready for service by the volunteer crew.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Wyn Jones, said ‘If you spot a vessel that appears to be unattended you should remain onshore and call 999 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 call-outs.

· Photo credit: Enlli Williams, Abersoch RNLI

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