LLANDUDNO RNLI LAUNCHES BOTH BOATS TO YACHT IN DIFFICULTY

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Llandudno's lifeboats were called out late this afternoon (Sunday 30/09) following reports that a 24ft yacht was in difficulty off Rhos-on-Sea.

Llandudno ILB aproaching the casualty vessel.

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Llandudno ILB aproaching the casualty vessel.
The yacht, on passage from Beaumaris to Rhos on Sea, had suffered engine failure and the sole occupant had attempted to sail his vessel into Rhos-on-Sea harbour, almost succeeding in doing so but failing to clear the breakwater successfully under sail due to the gustin...g force 5 conditions and north westerly wind direction, the owner managed to throw his anchor onto the breakwater to prevent being washed towards the promenade. A small dinghy launched and attempted to tow the yacht inside the harbour wall but was clearly having difficulty doing so.

Llandudno's Inshore Lifeboat 'Dr Barbara Saunderson' which went to the scene by road and launched from the shelter of the harbour, was able to ensure the safety of the owner, check that the boat was not taking in water and move it to its mooring. From initial reports, the exact position of the casualty was not known so Llandudno's all-weather lifeboat 'William F Yates' was launched from Llandudno simultaneously and proceeded to the scene at full speed. In the event, the all-weather boat stood by until the inshore lifeboat had secured the casualty.

Llandudno ILB along side the casualty vessel.

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Llandudno ILB along side the casualty vessel.

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