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Busy January for Conwy RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch Monday morning (30 January) by UK Coastguard, to assist a 33ft yacht which had suffered engine failure in the Conwy Bay.

RNLI/Alan Davidson-Flood

RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew at 11:45am, shortly after being paged.


Once on scene, a lifeboat crew member was able to safely board the yacht and assist the lone skipper. The lifeboat crew was able to safely board the yacht and assist the lone skipper and commence rigging up a tow. After a short period, a side tow was set up for the passage back into Conwy against the strong tidal conditions.


The lifeboat safely towed the yacht safely back to her swinging mooring outside the Conwy Lifeboat Station.


The lifeboat arrived back on station at 12:40pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.


This was the third callout for the volunteer lifeboat crew in January which is usually a very quiet month.



Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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