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Porthdinllaen and Abersoch RNLI lifeboat’s tasked to yacht aground off Ynys Enll

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat and Abersoch`s Atlantic Class lifeboat were requested to launch at 3.50am by Holyhead Coastguard to assist the yacht aground at Y Cafn, Ynys Enlli.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat pictured on a previous occasion.

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Porthdinllaen Lifeboat pictured on a previous occasion.

The yacht, with one person aboard, had anchored overnight in the Cafn. When the anchor started to drag, it caused the vessel to run aground. Abersoch RNLI were first on scene, and in difficult conditions and shallow water managed to manoeuvre alongside and retrieve the single occupant off the yacht. The casualty was transferred onto Porthdinllaen lifeboat to be checked over by the casualty care crew members, where he was found to be none the worse after his ordeal and not in need of any further medical assistance.

Coxswain Owain Williams of Porthdinllaen lifeboat decided to deploy the lifeboat`s onboard Y Class tender with two crew members, to assess whether the stricken yacht could be re-floated safely. Unfortunately with a receding tide, it was found the yacht was hard aground and deemed too dangerous to attempt to re-float. With the yacht secure and posing no danger to others, both lifeboats were able to return to their respective stations to be refuelled and ready for service.

Coxswain Owain Williams added ‘Our thanks to Abersoch RNLI, who were first on scene, they skilfully and safely managed to recover the person from the yacht and to be taken ashore by the Porthdinllaen crew’.

Porthdinllaen and Abersoch RNLI on scene with casualty at Bardsey Island

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Porthdinllaen and Abersoch RNLI on scene with casualty at Bardsey Island

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