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Beaumaris RNLI volunteers assist fishing boat with engine failure.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.03 pm on Saturday the 27 August 2023, the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page to launch from the H.M. Coastguard relating to a small fishing vessel with two crew aboard drifting with engine failure.

The Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford being launched at Beaumaris

RNLI/H. Gavin-Brown

The Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford being launched at Beaumaris

The relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat Irene Cornford which is currently operating from Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 5.15 pm and proceeded to the location given. In the meantime, the Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team from had also been tasked to the incident.

The lifeboat soon located the fishing boat an assessment was made by the helmsman as to the best course of action. It was decided not to place a volunteer crew member aboard the small craft but to tow the boat to the nearest suitable safe location this being Gallows Point at Beaumaris.

The Penmon Mobile Coastguard met the lifeboat at Gallows Point and assisted in getting the casualty vessel ashore.

The lifeboat was then released by the Coastguard to return to station which occurred at 5.50 pm returned to her station to be refuelled and cleaned in readiness for her next service.

A RNLI spokesperson said, ‘the crew aboard the fishing vessel where well-prepared including wearing lifejackets and means to call for assistance thus enabling us to respond quickly when they had the misfortune of having engine failure’.

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