Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers investigate report of a deflated dinghy.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.51 pm on Thursday 6 September 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to a report that a half-submerged craft had been seen between Penmon Point and Puffin Island.

The Relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris

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The Relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 6.04 pm and proceeded to the last reported position of the casualty vessel.

The Penmon Mobile Coastguard Unit had already been tasked to another incident at Benllech beach so was unable to assist immediately.

Fortunately, once at the scene it became apparent that the object seen in the water was a half-submerged log.

The lifeboat returned to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 6.40 pm to be refuelled and cleaned.

Once this had been completed by 7.15 pm the crew left the station.

A RNLI spokesman said, “Whilst on this occasion it turned out to be a false alarm with good intent, it is always better for us to be asked to investigate rather than make an assumption’.

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