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Abersoch RNLI assist yacht with engine and electrical failure.

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard paged the volunteer crew at 12.14pm on Sunday 1st October following a call for assistance from a 25ft sailing yacht experiencing engine and electrical failure.

RNLI/Sarah Leather

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 12.26pm and headed towards Llanbedrog headland. The casualty vessel, with one adult male on board, was located and one of the lifeboat crew was transferred to the vessel to asses the situation. Due to the electrical failure the casualty had used his mobile phone to contact HM Coastguard.

With no engine or electrics, including VHF and GPS, the crew made the decision to tow the vessel to a safe location. After establishing a safe tow the casualty vessel was taken to a berth at Pwllheli marina.

A second call came in and the crew were retasked to assist a 20ft powerboat that had suffered engine failure with two casualties on board at Pwllheli harbour entrance. A safe tow was established and the vessel was towed to the marina slipway.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 3.17pm where it was washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Abersoch RNLI volunteer helm, Andy Gunby, said ‘Always ensure that you have a means of calling for help, ideally a VHF radio as mobile phone signal can not always be achieved, this is especially important during the quieter months of the year when there are less people on the water to provide assistance.’ He added, ‘Lifejackets are essential’.

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