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Porthdinllaen and Pwllheli RNLI launch to aid sinking yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch on Sunday morning at 7:00 am by UK Coastguard at Holyhead, to the aid of yacht, reported to be sinking, 11 miles to the North of Porthdinllaen point.

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat in Aberdaron Bay

RNLI/Porthdinllaen Mali Jones

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat in Aberdaron Bay

The 14-metre yacht with two persons on board, had set off earlier in the morning from Holyhead harbour, intending to sail down to Milford Haven. Approximately an hour into their passage, it was noticed by its crew that the vessel was taking in water at a considerable rate, and that immediate assistance was required.

The Lifeboat was on scene within 30 minutes of launching, two Volunteer crew members of the Lifeboat, and the salvage pump were transferred onto the yacht to try and control the flow of water.

With the situation under control, it was decided that the best and safest option was to tow the yacht to Pwllheli Marina, where arrangements had been made to hoist the craft from the water. With a tow line secured, the lifeboat began the tow at 07:50 am.

RNLI Porthdinllaen then rendezvoused with Pwllheli RNLI who were tasked to take over the tow. A Pwllheli RNLI crew member transferred to the yacht and assisted with establishing the towline to Pwllheli's all-weather lifeboat. With the tow line successfully transferred at 11:10am, Pwllheli RNLI carried on the safe tow of the yacht towards Pwllheli Marina.

Once the tow was underway, the Pwllheli volunteer crew member was able to restart the yacht's engine. The tow line was removed and the boat was escorted by Pwllheli all-weather lifeboat arriving at Pwllheli Marina hoist at 3.15pm.

Robert Jones, Second Coxswain at Porthdinllaen said:

'We managed to transfer two crew members to assist on board the yacht and were successful in bringing the situation under control, and avoiding the loss of the yacht. As always, our thanks to our colleagues at Pwllheli RNLI Station for their assistance this morning'.

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