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Beaumaris Lifeboat tasked to an incident a boat aground within sight of station.

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.42 am on Tuesday Monday 21 November 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard, requesting they conduct a safety assessment on a boat aground in the Menai Strait.

Relief Atlantic 85 Irene Cornforth on the Menai Strait

RNLI/T Walters

Relief Atlantic 85 Irene Cornforth on the Menai Strait

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 10.56 am and proceeded the short distance to the casualty vessel aground in mid channel on a falling tide.

Once on scene they confirmed with the sole crew member aboard the vessel that all was well with both the craft and himself. He elected to remain on board the vessel until she re-floated on the next incoming tide.

His mobile number was given to H.M. Coastguard so that they could keep in contact with him pending the boat coming off the sandbar.

The lifeboat volunteers then being released from this tasking by H.M. Coastguard. The lifeboat was rehoused at Beaumaris by 11.20 am

A RNLI spokesperson said ‘as the coastguard was unable to make contact with the vessel on a V H F radio and in view of the concerns raised by members of the public it was felt that a welfare checks of the advised to be elderly occupant of the boat should be undertaken. Which fortunately showed that both he and the boat did not require any assistance’.

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