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Conwy RNLI lifeboat launched to assist a 27ft sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI volunteer crew were paged by HM Coastguard at 2.20pm on Thursday (21 July) to assist a 27ft yacht which had suffered engine failure following a day of racing.

RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her crew of three minutes later and headed to the last reported position.    
 
Once on scene, another vessel which had been standing by the yacht was able to pin point the location of the yacht. A lifeboat crew member was able to safely board the yacht and assist the skipper and his two crew in lowering their sails and commenced rigging up a tow. After a short period, a long tow was set up for the passage back into Conwy against the strong, outgoing spring tide.  
 
The lifeboat safely escorted the yacht safely back to her swinging mooring outside Deganwy Quay.          
 
The lifeboat arrived back on station at 3.32pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.
 
This service call is the second in as many days.     
  
Notes to editors
•Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.
•To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/conwy 
•conwy@rnli.org.uk  
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact :
 
Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07999 321639,
 
Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07871 505513 or
 
Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or on email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
 
Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.RNLI online
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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 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and provides a seasonal lifeguard service on 200 beaches around the UK. 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 140,000 lives.
 
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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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