Llandudno RNLI launches to vessel in difficulty off the Great Orme.
The Llandudno all weather lifeboat William F Yates launched at 6.28 pm Tuesday evening (27th September) tasked to assist a vessel in potential peril close to the pier in Llandudno Bay.
The forty-foot twin engine vessel had attempted to anchor in the bay, following the loss of an engine. However, the person on board, experienced difficulties in holding a safe position due to the falling tide and rough sea conditions and eventually required the assistance of the lifeboat.
The lifeboat with her voluntary crew were soon on location, and in consultation with the casualty vessel agreed to provide an escort to the safety of Conwy Harbour. The two vessels commenced a slow journey around the Great Orme’s Head heading toward the Conwy Estuary. Unfortunately, the vessel then lost her second engine and had to be taken under tow by the lifeboat before continuing upstream to the safe mooring of the Beacons Jetty at 9.57pm.
Lifeboat Coxswain Tim James explained, ‘this was far from a straightforward rescue and actually proved to be extremely challenging. There were very heavy seas off the Great Orme due to previous days conditions. The wind and tide made the journey difficult, especially for the casualty vessel as the breaking waves were knocking it very badly off course and pushing it all the time towards the rocks off the Orme.
We then had difficulties getting the casualty safely berthed at Conwy, this due to a combination of heavy winds, very fast running spring tides and poor visibility hampered by heavy driving rain. The most technically difficult set of manoeuvres that I have ever had to do to get a casualty safely alongside.’
After completion of the handover the lifeboat made its journey back to Llandudno 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 Claire Elshaw, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162
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