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14th August 2016

At 10.55am Holyhead Coastguard requested that Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat should launch to assist a broken down pleasure craft.

The 20ft Bayliner type craft, called the Blue Moon, had two people on board and had suffered mechanical failure approximately 10 miles North of Porthdinllaen Point.
 
The Blue Moon, which had set off earlier in the morning from Portdinorwig for a leisurely fishing trip, had suffered a drive coupling failure on their inboard engine which was not repairable at sea. Weather conditions were sunny with calm seas and only a slight breeze.
 
Upon arrival, the volunteer lifeboat crew from Porthdinllaen passed over a tow line to the Blue Moon and upon arrival at Porthdinllaen Bay, the boat was placed on a safe mooring.
 
The lifeboat then returned to the boathouse and was refuelled and ready for service at 12.45pm.
 
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'The Blue Moon suffered an unavoidable breakdown due to the failure of the engine drive coupling and the only option was to request a tow back to Porthdinllaen.'

30th December 2008
At 14:50hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a broken down fishing boat at Caernarfon Bar, once on scene a towing rope was attached to the "Christine May" and she was towed back to Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring. The lifeboat returned to station at 18:15
29th December 2008
At 12:35hrs Hetty Rampton was launched together with Holyhead lifeboat to a report of signals from an EPIRB  distress beacon north of Porthdinllaen it was soon realised that the signal was coming from ashore around Valley area on Angelsey, both lifeboats stood down and returned to station at 13:54hrs
Shortly after returning to station Hetty Rampton was launched again at 15:00 to a report of overdue kayak in Trefor with 4 persons on board. When the lifeboat reached the scene it was found  that the kayakers were safely ashore. The lifeboat returned to station at 15:30hrs
10th October 2008
At 05:18hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report from fishing vessel FLOWING TIDE II that she had lost all power 16 miles west of Bardsey Island in storm force 10 gale.  Rescue 122 from RAF Valley was on the scene for observation,  they stated that the on scene conditions were bad, with 20ft waves wind increasing. Hetty Rampton battled along to the incident but was only capable of a  maximum  speed of 10 knots.
At 08:00hrs the lifeboat was alongside the casualty. After attaching a tow rope she was towed towards Pwllheli but unfortunately the tow parted twice during the 6hrs of towing. At 13:30hrs Pwllheli lifeboat  took over the tow in the shelter of Abersoch bay to be taken into Pwllheli harbour. Hetty Rampton then returned to station at 15:30hrs after an exhausting 10hrs rescue in gale force 10 winds. Click here to see a video of this rescue **You will need Realplayer to view, it will not open in Windows Media Player
2nd September 2008
At 14:55hrs the station boarding boat was launched to a report of an empty kayak off Nefyn point, On arrival it was clear that the occupant was diving and fortunately all was well. The boarding boat returned to station at 15:10hrs.
31st August 2008
At 08:05hrs both the station boarding boat & Hetty Rampton were launched to a report of a drifting tender in Borth Wen bay. Whilst the boarding boat recovered the tender, Hetty Rampton carried out a search. Fortunately nothing was found,  both lifeboats returned to station at 09:30hrs
22nd August 2008
At 02:43hrs, Hetty Rampton was launched after a "MAYDAY" call from yacht "FRAGANCIA" reporting that she was sinking  4miles west of Bardsey Island with 2 people on board,.Rescue 122 from RAF Valley was scrambled to observe. At 04:05hrs Hetty Rampton was alongside the casualty.  2 crew members from the lifeboat were swiftly transferred on to Fragancia with a salvage pump to pump out the volume of water she was taking in.
At 04:45hrs casualty was in tow towards Pwllheli and Pwlheli Lifeboat was launched.At 06:30hrs. Pwllheli Lifeboat then took over the tow in Aberdaron bay to be taken in  to Pwllheli harbour for observation. Hetty Rampton returned to station at 07:40hrs with Pwllheli Lifeboat returning at 10:00hrs.
"Fragancia" under tow by Hettty Rampton and then by Pwllheli Lifeboat
Click here to see the RAF Video of this rescue - may need Real Player
If prompted, save the video and choose Real Player tp open the file. Video courtesy of the Daily Post and RAF Valley
Click here to see the subsequent video of the occupants of the yacht visiting the Station to offer their thanks. The event was screened on HTV News
8th August 2008
At 14:04hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a 35ft ketch called Tir-An-Og II which had  broken down with engine failure 2 miles west of Bardsey Island. Upon arrival, a towing rope was passed over to the casualty and was towed towards Pwllheli. At 16:50hrs Pwllheli lifeboat took over the tow to be taken in to Pwllheli harbour.Hetty Rampton returned to station at 18:00hrs with Pwllheli lifeboat returning at 19:00hrs safely with casualty
Tir-An-Og II off Bardsey taken under tow and then transferred to Pwllhelli Lifeboat
5th August 2008
At 20:32hrs relief lifeboat "The Lady Rank" was launched to a report of a broken down fishing boat 1 mile north east of Nefyn point, upon arrival, a tow rope was transferred to the Lady Diana and she was towed to be put on a safe mooring in Nefyn. The Lifeboat returned to station at 21:45hrs
Lady Diana under tow
16th July 2008
At 08:42hrs the relief lifeboat "The Lady Rank" was launched to a report of missing person in the water in Nefyn bay, upon arrival the Lifeboat was informed that the  person had been found safe ashore. The Lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 09:00hrs.
15th June 2008
At 20:47hrs the relief lifeboat The Lady Rank, plus the Station Boarding Boat were launched to a report of 2 persons marooned by the incoming tide while fishing on the rocks near Pistyll. Both were safely rescued by boarding boat with both boats returning to station at 21:40hrs
13th June 2008
At 17:44hrs the relief lifeboat The Lady Rank was launched to a report of an upturned mirror dinghy in the Trefor area, rescue Helicopter 127 was also on the scene. There were no sign of the occupant so an extensive search was carried out with mobile coastguards searching along the beaches. Later, during the search, it was confirmed by HMCG that the boat had been stolen in Anglesey two days earlier and was thrown in to the sea. The lifeboat returned to station at 20:40hrs.
31st May 2008
At 15:59hrs relief lifeboat The Lady Rank was launched to recover a body from the water near Trefor.
14th May 2008
The relief lifeboat The Lady Rank was launched at 16:33hrs, to assist a 10mts fishing vessel called Gratitude which had suffered engine failure 4mls north west of Porthdinllaen. Upon arrival a towing rope was attatched and was safely towed back to be put on a safe mooring in Porthdinllaen, The Lady Rank returned to station at 18:15hrs.
Fishing Boat "Gratitude" under tow
12th May 2008
At 19:13hrs the Station boarding boat was launched to a broken down rib in Porthdinllaen bay
4th May 2008
At 16:30hrs the relief lifeboat The Lady Rank was launched to assist Beaumaris lifeboat to empty a volume of water from yacht Myfanwy which had hit a submerged rock off Pilot Cove Llanddwyn. After emptying the  water from the yacht, she was towed to Caernarfon by Beaumaris lifeboat assisted by Porthdinllaen lifeboat. The Lady Rank then returned to station arriving at 21:00hrs.
29th April 2008
At 06:00hrs,  The Lady Rank launched to resume the search for the missing fisherman who had gone overboard the previous day. The lifeboat searched from Porthdinllaen eastwards all day but there was  no sign of the local fisherman. At 18:00hrs search was sadly called off by Holyhead Coastguard with the lifeboat being  on service for a total of 17hrs searching. ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE  FAMILY OF THE FISHERMAN ON THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
28th April 2008
At 16:45hrs the relief lifeboat The Lady Rank was launched to a report of a man overboard from a fishing vessel 2 miles north east of Trefor pier. Trearddur Bay lifeboat was also launched and Rescue 122 from RAF Valley was scrambled. Both lifeboats searched the area along with rescue 122 and the fishing vessel Osprey while mobile coastguards from Porthdinllaen & Llandwrog made shoreline searches. Later in the evening other vessels joined the search along with the North Wales Police helicopter but, due to fading light, the search was called off at 22:00hrs  to be  resumed at first light the following morning.
15th March 2008
At 14:44hrs, both the Station Boarding Boat and the relief lifeboat The Lady Rank were launched as a result of a report from the fishing vessel "Sea Quest" that there were 2 young persons marooned on the  rocks while fishingby the incoming tide in Borthwen beach.  Both lifeboats were on scene within minutes of launching the two persons were safely rescued by the boarding boat with both lifeboat returning to station shortly after 15:00hrs. 
11 February 2008
At 10:14hrs Hetty Rampton launched to a report from fishing vessel Melissa that she had broken down with gearbox failure 6 miles north of Porthdinllaen. On arrival, a tow rope was attached and the Melissa  was safely towed to Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring. The  lifeboat returned to station at 11:55hrs
Fishing vessel "Melissa" under tow

23 January 2008
At 19:30hrs Hetty Rampton was launched again after a report that a 20yr old local man was in the water in the Nefyn area.  Porthdinllaen Auxiliary Coastguard was again on the scene with the local police, after searching the area nothing was found yet again.  The man  was found by police in the same area as previous night. The lifeboat returned to station at 20:05hrs.

22 January 2008
At 00:22hrs Hetty Rampton was launched after a report of a 20yr old local man was in the water near Nefyn point.
The Porthdinllaen Auxiliary Coast Guard was also on scene with local police. The lifeboat searched the area from Nefyn to Porthdinllaen but nothing was found. At 01:15hrs Rescue 122 RAF Valley was tasked and as  they searched the area they fortunately found the local man walking along the cliff top near Morfa Nefyn. The lifeboat returned to station at 02:05hrs

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