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Pwllheli RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched to assist stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI's all-weather Shannon lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard on Tuesday 6 June to assist a 36ft yacht with mechanical problems located five miles south east of Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) with two people onboard.

Pwllheli RNLI all-weather Shannon lifeboat entering Pwllheli Marina on a sunny day with clear blue skies

Anthony Adams

Pwllheli RNLI all-weather Shannon lifeboat entering Pwllheli Marina
The all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.02pm with six volunteer crew and arrived on scene at 2.38pm. On reaching the casualty vessel, the coxswain assessed the situation and decided the best course of action was to tow the vessel to a safe berth. A tow line was established and the vessel was towed to a berth in Pwllheli Marina.

The yacht is owned by Andrew and Rebecca Jenkins. Rebecca said: ‘I was so impressed with how well the rescue went. I was worried about the tow but it was so smooth and really professional.’ Andrew added: ‘We owe many thanks to the team.’

The weather was clear with good visibility, a gentle north-easterly breeze and calm seas.

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For more information contact Elizabeth Denholm, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07806 800627 or email [email protected]

Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

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