Llandudno lifeboat answers Mayday’s call on a busy afternoon

During a busy afternoon, Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat carried out two rescues of vessels in distress.

The Llandudno All Weather Lifeboat William F. Yates was originally tasked to take off at 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon to rescue a struggling 32ft cruiser.
The vessel, with 4 people on board, struck a submerged object causing mechanical difficulties and water ingress. The cruiser was drifting towards Llandudno Pier and issued a Mayday appeal for immediate assistance. Luckily a local pleasure boat was nearby and was on hand to offer much needed assistance. At the same time, the nearby practicing HM Coastguard helicopter turned away to survey the situation. Shortly after the launch, the lifeboat Llandudno arrived on scene to assess the situation and take the cruiser in tow.

Helmsman Graham Heritage said: “In these situations it is essential to thoroughly assess all possible risks. We were confident the water ingress was under control and it was safe to put a line on board and begin our gradual tow to Conwy Marina. On arrival at the marina we were grateful to the marina staff who were there to greet us and arranged for an emergency lift.

The Llandudno lifeboat then began its return journey to the boathouse. However, on leaving the estuary, the crew was called in for another incident involving a 39ft yacht with a crew of 6. The yacht also had mechanical problems and needed help getting back to Conwy. For the second time, a tow was undertaken to Conwy Marina, before the lifeboat finally returned to Llandudno at 7 p.m. to be collected and prepared for its next duty by the waiting shore crew.

For further information please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. You can also contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected]

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