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A busy week for Abersoch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI has received four call-outs in the past seven days.

Abersoch lifeboat

RNLI/Jon Keighren

Abersoch lifeboat

May 27

Abersoch Lifeboat launched at 17:14 on Sunday 27th May 2018 following reports that a man had fallen and sustained a broken ankle below Benar Headland during low tide. The headland being difficult to access for land based teams, the lifeboat was launched to assist.

As the lifeboat launched, the gentleman was spotted on Abersoch Harbour Wall, having made his way up onto the pathway. Shore crew assisted with the Coastguard Rescue Team and paramedics, whilst the lifeboat stood by due to the rising tide.

The casualty was assisted into a wheelchair, and the lifeboat returned to station at 17:46 ready for service. This call was a great example of the lifeboat crew working with local assets and teams during the busy bank holiday period.

May 30

Abersoch RNLI crew were paged at 16:17 on 30 May 2018 to a report of a broken down power boat on the west side of Porth Ceiriad. The boat arrived on scene at 16.38.

A crew member was transferred aboard the broken down vessel and following checks aboard the boat was able to restart the engine. The lifeboat escorted the boat back into Abersoch Bay and returned to station ready for service by 17:30.

June 2

The Abersoch RNLI crew were paged at 11.28pm to a report of a broken down five-tonne fishing vessel two miles from Bardsey Island. The vessel was reported to be en route to Oban when it broke down.

The lifeboat launched at 11.39pm, and made its way to the reported location. Pwllheli lifeboat were launched at midnight to assist with any required tow.

When Abersoch RNLI arrived on scene there was no sign of the reported vessel and a search was initiated. Following a search for 1 hour 45 minutes, the vessel was located by Pwllheli RNLI via D.F, 18 miles SW of Bardsey Island. Pwllheli RNLI took the vessel under tow back to Pwllheli and Abersoch Lifeboat returned to station at 2.30am.

June 4

The Abersoch Lifeboat Crew were paged at 12:44 on 4 June 2018 to a report of a broken down pleasure fishing boat south west of Cilan Headland.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 13:10, and located the vessel towards the far end of ‘Hell’s Mouth’. The latitude and longitude provided by the vessel were very accurate. They were found by the lifeboat to be well prepared, sitting securely at anchor when the lifeboat arrived, following a technical problem with their fuel gauge.

The lifeboat crew were pleased to see the passengers to be well equip, with lifejackets, radio, GPS, life raft and flares aboard the boat. The boat was on passage from Conwy to Pwllheli.

The boat was taken under tow by Abersoch Lifeboat, to Abersoch Bay where the boat was moored at SCYC, to allow the owners to rectify the issues with the boat, before continuing on their passage to Pwllheli.

After mooring the boat, Abersoch RNLI returned to station, refuelled and were ready for service by 3pm.

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, Carrybridge 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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