At 6.21pm on Saturday 28 May 2016 the volunteer crew members of the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat were paged to attend an incident involving a keel yacht ashore in the Menai Straits.
The RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched at 6.30pm to evaluate the situation regarding a 30 foot fin keel yacht which was aground near Min y Don. Unfortunately the attempt made by another craft to tow the boat off the sandbar had been unsuccessful.
Once on scene the lifeboat crew confirmed that in view of the falling tide it would not be possible to tow the yacht into deeper water. The yacht was now leaning over at an angle of 40 to 45 degrees, consequently with the assistance of a tender dinghy from the assisting vessel the lifeboat crew arranged for the anchor on the yacht to be deployed and for the crew of four the vessel to be taken ashore at Port Dinorwic by the lifeboat.
Once ashore, the local coastguard mobile team from Bangor met the yacht crew and assisted them in arranging to have fuel delivered to take to the vessel at the next high tide due around 4.00am tomorrow.
The lifeboat crew may have to return to the vessel at 4.00am to ensure that all is well with the boat when it floats off the sandbank and that the engine is working with the new fuel supply
As nothing further could be done by the lifeboat crew until high tide the lifeboat returned to her boathouse in Beaumaris where she was refuelled and made ready for her next service call.
In the event no assistance was required from the lifeboat at 4.00am
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Notes to editors:
Lifeboat Open Day 2016 will be
Saturday 20 August 10:30am to 4.30pm
Stalls and events at the Boathouse,
Subject to operational requirements a display by the lifeboat
For more information please telephone John Pulford, Beaumaris RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07824 764474 or Chris Cousens R N L I Press officer Wales & west on 01745 585162.
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