Five tasking requests for Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers on Saturday 2 September.
At 1.17 pm Saturday 2 September 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to the first tasking request , which was followed by another three whilst the lifeboat still afloat and another page at 8.40 pm.
The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 1.28 pm and proceeded towards the first tasking request.
The first tasking was to a vessel that had lost power by Caernarfon, whilst the lifeboat was on-route the report was updated to say vessel now under tow by a small inflatable. When the lifeboat arrived, it became apparent that the towing vessel had insufficient power to undertake the job.
In the meantime, a further request came in to assist another vessel near Victoria dock Caernarfon which also had engine trouble., this boat being advised to anchor pending the lifeboat completing the first tasking.
Whilst the lifeboat was arranging to tow the first craft, a further report came in regarding two or three swimmers in difficulty by Aber bridge in Caernarfon. As a result of this the lifeboat anchored the first vessel and proceeded post haste to the reported position of the people in the water.
Once on scene a search was undertaken, but the only items found being a large picnic table and chairs with red colouring, after eventual confirmation that this was the object seen by the first informants, the lifeboat departed to return to the first and second taskings.
Whilst on the way it became apparent that the vessel by Victoria dock had managed to reach the dock safety, so the lifeboat returned to the first vessel and commenced a tow into Felinheli marina, Whist this was underway a further tasking was received to a vessel with engine problems anchored by the Gazelle hotel. Once the initial casualty vessel had been taken to Felinheli marina the lifeboat left to assist the vessel by the Gazelle hotel.
However, whilst in transit received advise that a passing craft had managed to tow this casualty to the shore at Gallows point nearby. Beaumaris
In addition to the Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers the Llandwrog Mobile Coastguard team had been tasked to the first three incidents.
The lifeboat returned to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 4.00 pm to be refuelled and cleaned.
Once this had been completed by 4.45 pm the crew left the station.
A fifth tasking request was subsequently received at 8.40 pm to a yacht reported aground near Felinheli, as the lifeboat was being prepared for launching this tasking was cancelled by the Coastguard.A RNLI spokesman said “It was a very eventful day for the volunteers aboard the lifeboat and we wish to thank the other vessels and their crews who assisted and or did the towing of the casualty craft whilst the lifeboat was involved with other incidents
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries