Llandudno lifeboat responds to Mayday call on a busy afternoon
On a busy afternoon, Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat carried out two rescues of stricken vessels.
Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat William F Yates was initially tasked to launch at 4.05pm on Saturday afternoon to rescue a 32-foot cruiser in difficulties. The vessel, with 4 people, on board had struck a submerged object causing mechanical difficulties and ingress of water. The cruiser was drifting towards Llandudno Pier and issued a Mayday call for immediate help. Fortunately, a local pleasure boat was in the vicinity and on hand to offer much needed assistance. At the same time, the HM Coastguard helicopter on exercise nearby diverted to monitor the situation. Shortly after launch, the Llandudno lifeboat arrived at the scene to assess the situation and take the cruiser under tow.
Coxswain Graham Heritage said: ‘In these situations, there is a critical need to thoroughly assess all the possible risks. We were satisfied that the water ingress was under control and it was safe to put a line on board and to start our gradual tow to Conwy Marina. On arrival at the marina, we were grateful to the marina staff who were there to meet us and arranged an emergency lift out.’
The Llandudno lifeboat then began its return voyage to the boathouse. However, on leaving the estuary the crew were summoned to another incident involving a 39-foot yacht with a crew of 6. The yacht was also having mechanical difficulties and needing assistance to return to Conwy. For the second time, a tow was undertaken to Conwy Marina, before the Lifeboat finally made its journey back to Llandudno at 7pm to be recovered and prepared for her next service by the awaiting shore crew.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected]
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