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Llandudno and Conwy RNLI lifeboats launched to assist damaged yacht

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeboats from Llandudno and Conwy have been involved this evening (Friday 20 January) in an operation to bring to safety a 10-metre yacht, the 'Joie de Vivre' which had sustained steering gear and other damage after striking an underwater object off Llandudno's Little Orme headland.

The damaged vessel Joie de Vivre is taken in tow by Llandudno RNLI lifeboat as dusk approaches

RNLI/Lalndudno

The damaged vessel Joie de Vivre is taken in tow by Llandudno RNLI lifeboat as dusk approaches

Llandudno's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 4.25pm, launching shortly afterwards, and reaching the disabled yacht, which had drifted a considerable way, off the Great Orme lighthouse.

The lifeboat immediately transferred RNLI crew members onto the yacht with a portable pump to alleviate the ingress of water, at the same time taking the vessel in tow.

Conwy RNLI inshore lifeboat met up with the two vessels in Conwy Bay, to assist in the difficult and necessarily slow tow, in the darkness, up-channel and into the River Conwy.

The damaged yacht was berthed safely at Conwy shortly afterwards.

Notes to editors:

PICTURE ATTACHED - The damaged vessel Joie de Vivre is taken in tow by Llandudno RNLI lifeboat as dusk approaches. Credit RNLI/Llandudno

For more information please contact Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.


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