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First service for the relief lifeboat Irene Cornford whilst at Beaumaris

Lifeboats News Release

The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was returned to the Inshore Lifeboat centre at Cowes on Tuesday 31 July 2023 for a well-earned refit after being in service at Beaumaris since late 2009.Whilst she is away the relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat Irene Cornford is covering at Beaumaris.

The relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford on the Menai Strait

RNLI/Tim Walters

The relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford on the Menai Strait

At 8.59 pm on Thursday the 10 August 2023, the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page to launch from the H.M. Coastguard relating to a report of a yacht or cabin cruiser believed to be in difficulties near the Britannia bridge on the Menai Strait with the possibility that one person was in the water.

The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Irene Cornford with her volunteer crew launched at 9.05 pm and proceeded to the area, in the meantime the Mobile Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bangor and Penmon had also been tasked to the incident.

Nothing was located and a search of the area commenced, but the Bangor Coastguard team located a vessel matching the description at Felinheli Marina and all was well with the vessel and crew.

Upon confirmation of this fact the H. M. Coastguard stood down the Beaumaris lifeboat which returned to her station at 9.56 pm to be refuelled and cleaned in readiness for her next service.

A RNLI spokesperson said, ‘We would like to thank the people on the shore for raising the alarm, as whilst our help may not have been needed in this instance it is better for us to ensure that all is well, rather wait for something to develop’.

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