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Llandudno Lifeboat launches to investigate abandoned dinghy.

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat William F Yates was launched at 11.20am on Monday (4th September 2023). The launch was requested by HMCG Holyhead to locate and investigate the sighting of an abandoned dinghy approx. 7.5 nautical miles northwest of Llandudno.


Llandudno ALB William F Yates prepares to launch on the 4th September 2023

The volunteer crew were soon on scene to begin a search to find the reported vessel which was quickly identified drifting toward Puffin Island. The crew discovered an upturned eight-foot dinghy with no evidence of any human presence. The dinghy was recovered onto the Shannon Lifeboat before returning to the lifeboat station at 12.20pm.

A Llandudno Lifeboat spokesperson described how the launch came about ‘the first informant about the sighting came from the Search and Rescue Helicopter as it crossed the area, we were therefore tasked by Holyhead Coastguard as a precautionary measure to locate the dinghy and to address the slight concern regarding potential casualties.’

For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 9413


Recovery of an abandoned dinghy on the 4th of September 2023 by Llandudno Lifeboat


Recovery of an abandoned dinghy on the 4th of September 2023 by Llandudno Lifeboat

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