HM Coastguard request assistance from Abersoch RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 3.07pm and the lifeboat was launched at 3.15pm on Wednesday 23 August 2023 to assist in towing a vessel ashore.


The casualty vessel, a 7.3m rib with two adults and seven children on board, was being towed by another vessel that was experiencing difficulties with the tow and made the call for assistance.

On arrival at the scene the crew assessed the situation and the seven children, who were all wearing lifejackets, along with a member of the lifeboat crew, returned to Pwllheli Marina on the vessel that had been assisting with the tow.

The lifeboat crew, after establishing a safe tow, towed the casualty vessel and the two adult casualties to the marina. After carrying out casualty care on the child casualties they were then handed over to the care of the waiting Coastguard team.

If you get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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