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Beaumaris Lifeboat have a lengthy service to free a yacht from a fouled mooring

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At 9.58 pm on Saturday 23 September 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to a yacht with a fouled mooring near Menai Bridge.

Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat being recovered in the early morning

RNLI/Gwen Beeken

Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat being recovered in the early morning

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 10.13 pm and proceeded to the Menai Bridge area to assist the yacht that was stern on to the tide and was in danger of being flooded.

Once on scene the Lifeboat placed a crew member aboard the vessel and after nearly three hours of working in the darkness the lifeboat volunteers managed to free the craft from her mooring boat an assessment had already been made by the helmsman as to the best course of action and it had been decided to tow the boat to the nearest suitable safe location this being another mooring near Menai Bridge.

Once this had been achieved and the four crew members aboard the yacht were taken ashore to be assisted by the Penmon Mobile Coastguard team waiting at Menai Bridge pier.

The lifeboat was then released from the service by H.M. Coastguard at 1.10 am on Sunday 24 September 2023 returning her station at Beaumaris arriving at 1.25 am being refuelled and cleaned. And ready for service by 2.05 am.

Once this had been completed the crew left the station.

A RNLI spokesman said, “The crew worked together as a team to extract this vessel from the fouled mooring which took skill and perseverance’.

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