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Llandudno lifeboat launches to broken-down trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno's all-weather lifeboat was launched this morning (Monday) to go to the assistance of a 32-metre long beam trawler with a crew of six which had suffered engine breakdown some 15 miles north of Great Orme's Head.

The Coastguard was concerned that the vessel could drift towards the nearby Conwy platform.

Launching at 8.40am the lifeboat reached the stricken vessel, the Albatross just under an hour later.  The RNLI crew proceeded to stand by the trawler ensuring it remained in a safe position until another trawler, the Ballantrae-registered King Fisher arrived to take the broken-down vessel in tow.

Once the tow had been safely established and the two vessels concerned had set off for the port of Kirkcudbright in South-west Scotland, the lifeboat was released to return home.  By 2pm she had returned to Llandudno and been recovered, refuelled and made ready for further service.

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Further information Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315.

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