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Aberdovey lifeboat launches to speed boat in distress with eight people on board

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdovey’s volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a shout to a broken down speed boat on the evening of Thursday 1 August.

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Aberdovey's lifeboat 'Hugh Miles' launching.
The Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Williams received a call from the local yacht club, after one of the people on board the speedboat had called them for help. The crew at Aberdovey then quickly launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Hugh Miles at 7pm and made their way to the broken down speedboat.

The volunteer RNLI crew found the speed boat up the Aberdovey estuary, opposite the Penhelig, and saw that it had run aground up on to a sandbank. The lifeboat crew found eight people on board, four adults and four children, who were all safe and well. The group were enjoying their time on the boat, until they suffered engine problems and were unable to return to the shore.

Aberdovey lifeboat then towed the speedboat to the beach at Church Bay, before returning to the station at 7:40pm. The volunteer crew then refuelled and washed the lifeboat ready for service.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Williams said, ‘Before you go out to sea, it’s important that you plan your route and check the tide times and weather forecast. Make sure that you always carry a means of calling for help, so that if things go wrong, you can dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.’

Notes for editors:
  • The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.
  • We have 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland.
  • Aberdovey Lifeboat Station opened in 1837.
  • Aberdovey volunteer crew operate a B class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat called Hugh Miles.

RNLI Media Contacts:
Katie Lewis, Media Engagement Placement Wales and West at katie_lewis@rnli.org.uk, or alternatively Danielle Rush, Regional Media Manager on 07786668829 or at danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk

RNLI/Kate Jones

Aberdovey launching to a shout on 1 August

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