Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers assist a yacht with engine failure.
At 2.43 pm on Sunday 12 March 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from the U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a yacht with engine failure in the Menai Straits.
The yacht had managed to reached a summer mooring in Beaumaris Bay but in view of the adverse weather forecast is was doubtful if this would hold the vessel overnight. The lifeboat launched at 2.55 pm proceeding to the craft to assist it from this potentially dangerous location.
Having ensured that all was well with the two adults aboard. an assessment was made by the helmsman as to the best course of action. It was decided for safety reasons that the boat should be towed to an all-weather mooring at Menai Bridge.
Once this had been completed the lifeboat was released by the coastguard to return to her station.at Beaumaris returning at 4.10 pm to be refuelled and cleaned. Once this had been completed the crew left the station.
A RNLI spokesman said, ‘the crew aboard the yacht did the correct thing in requesting assistance once they became aware of the adverse weather forecast ‘.
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