Pwllheli and Abersoch RNLI lifeboats launch to assist yacht in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI's all-weather Shannon lifeboat was tasked by H.M. Coastguard yesterday night (Sunday 11 September) to assist a 25ft yacht with one inexperienced person on board. The casualty was unsure of his location but reported he was off shore from Abersoch.

RNLI Pwllheli all-weather Shannon lifeboat launching at night in the dark with a shore crew member facing away from camera

Caroline Jones

RNLI Pwllheli all-weather Shannon lifeboat
The all-weather lifeboat launched at 9.48pm with six volunteer crew onboard. Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist. The Coastguard advised the casualty’s position was off Hell’s Mouth.

Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene but due to a lack of an accurate position and very poor visibility, was unable to locate the vessel.

At 10.18pm the skipper gave a position which placed the yacht close to the shoreline and shortly after the vessel ran aground. The casualty was advised by Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat to jump ashore and the casualty made his way onto the beach.

The Coastguard requested Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat to standby until the Coastguard Rescue Team arrived. Both lifeboats stood down at 11.35pm.

The weather was overcast with poor visibility, a fresh south-westerly breeze and rough seas with a 5m swell

The all-weather returned to the lifeboat station arriving at 1.30am and was made ready for service.

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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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