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Beaumaris Lifeboat launched to a report of a drifting vessel on the Menai Strait

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.29 pm on Sunday 22 October 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to a report they had received of an unmanned craft drifting towards Menai Bridge.

The relief Atlantic 85 Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris.

RNLI/ T Walters

The relief Atlantic 85 Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris.

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 12.42 pm and proceeded to the reported position of the drifting boat.

On route they came across two boats with fishermen aboard one of which matched the description of the reported vessel. The fishermen aboard confirmed that they had been drifting with the tide from the Felinheli area

The lifeboat with her volunteer crew then proceeded further up the Menai Strait and at Moel Y Don spoke with the Penmon Mobile Coastguard team which had also been dispatched to the location.

After speaking with members of the public it was confirmed that the vessel seen fishing was also the reported drifting craft.

H.M Coastguard then released the lifeboat and the mobile coastguard team to return to their respective stations.

The lifeboat returning her station in Beaumaris at 1.20 pm being refuelled and cleaned. And ready for service by 1.55 pm. Once this had been completed the crew left the station.

A RNLI spokesman said, ‘This was a call made with good intent by the person making the call ‘.

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