Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers launch twice on a busy Saturday.
The lifeboat was first requested to launch at 4.21 pm with a subsequent launch to a different incident at 10.42 pm both on Saturday 15 July 2023 both launches being at the request of H.M. Coastguard.
The first launch was to investigate a report from a concerned member of the public that a Blue and White boat appeared to have gone aground near Gallows Point at Beaumaris. In addition to the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington the mobile coastguard Rescue teams from Bangor, Moelfre and Penmon had also been tasked.
The lifeboat launched at 4.34 pm am and commenced a search of the area as no vessel was aground in the position indicated. The lifeboat then began a search further up the Menai Straits towards Moel Y Don checking with other craft encountered if they had seen any boat of the description given. In the meantime, the Penmon Mobile Coastguard team checked all slipways for any cars or trailers.; whilst the other two team stood down from this call.
The lifeboat was then stood down to return to her station for refuelling and cleaning in preparation for her next service call.
At 10.42 pm a request was received from H.M Coastguard to launch and investigate a report that a boat may have broken her mooring and was endangering other craft near Menai Bridge. The Penmon Mobile Coastguard team having also been dispatched.
Upon arrival it was ascertained that all boats still attached to their moorings but with the strong wind and tides it was considered prudent for the vessel with a crew aboard to be assisted and moved to another mooring.
A lifeboat volunteer crew member was placed aboard the yacht to assist and with the assistance of the lifeboat the craft was transferred to another mooring.
The Lifeboat was then released to return to her station arriving at 11.44 pm to be refuelled and cleaned.
A RNLI spokesman said ‘The first call was made with good intent and we would rather be called out than for someone in difficulties not to be helped as no call for assistance made. This scenario also applied in the second incident’.
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