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Beaumaris Lifeboat tasked to vessel with fuel problems on the Menai Strait.

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.06 pm on Sunday 26 February 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a vessel reported to be under tow by a smaller vessel in the vicinity of Beaumaris.

Beaumaris Lifeboat on the Menai Strait

RNLI/A J Robinson

Beaumaris Lifeboat on the Menai Strait

After consultation with the coastguard, it was decided to launch the lifeboat to assist the towing vessel which it was believed may be struggling to make headway due to the strength of the wind and tide.

It was decided for safety reasons that the boat should be towed back to the safety of a suitable location for recovery from the water or a mooring or berth. The lifeboat launched at 1.20 pm proceeding to the vessels between Gallows Point and Bangor pier.

An alongside tow was quickly established to the disabled vessel and she with her crew of two was taken to Menai Bridge so that the fuel issue could be resolved.

Once this had been completed the lifeboat was released by the coastguard to return to her Beaumaris at 2.00 pm to be refuelled and cleaned. Once this had been completed the crew left the station.

A RNLI spokesman said ‘that a lifeboat volunteer crew member gave the owner of the vessel guidance as to some pre-launch checks that might assist in future'.

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