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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.'

15th October 2009

At 18:10hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a broken down 19ft cabin cruiser called "MAVERICK" with with 3 persons on board, situated near Porth Iago. On arrival a tow rope was passed over to the casualty which was towed back to Porth Colmon. The Lifeboat returned to station at 20:10hrs. 

Maverick  "Maverick" under tow

24th September 2009

At 20:58hrs  Hetty Rampton launched to a report of a 31ft yacht, "WELLWISHER", situated on a bearing of  017degrees from Porthdinllaen with one person on board who was suffering from tiredness and could not carry on sailing. On arrival, 6 miles north of Porthdinllaen, 2 crew members were transferred on to the yacht which was then escorted back to Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring. The Lifeboat returned to station at 23:05hrs

Well-Wisher  Yacht "Wellwisher"

21st September 2009

At 17:24hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a 23ft yacht aground in Aberdaron Bay. While on route HMCG confirmed that all was well and the occupants were safely ashore. The lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 18:30hrs.

6th September 2009

At 14:53hrs Hetty Rampton was launched together with Rescue 122 RAF Valley and Porthdinllaen Auxiliary Coastguard to a report of a capsized 17ft catamaran 1 mile offshore from Porth Colmon throwing one person to the water. On arrival a search was carried out as nothing could be seen fortunately Rescue 122 located casualty and lifeboat then went to the location. After making sure casualty was safe on board lifeboat 2 RNLI personnel entered water to right the catamaran and to attached a tow rope. Then lifeboat towed the catamaran back to Porth Colmon. Lifeboat returned to station at 18:30hrs

1st September 2009

At 12:50hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to assist a small sailing dinghy which had lost its rudder off Pistyll. On arrival a tow was passed over and the casualty was towed back to Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring. Lifeboat returned to station at 13:40hrs.

Wassel-1     Wassell-2


27th August 2009

At 14:15hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a upturned boat in Porth Colmon throwing one person to the sea. On arrival the casualty was being towed ashore by another boat. The Lifeboat stood down and then returned to station at 15:40hrs, Porthdinllaen Auxiliary Coastguard then dealt with casualty ashore.

27th August 2009

At 11:59hrs the crew were summoned to launch Lifeboat but fortunately, as crew arrived at the station, the launch was cancelled as the casualty was reported to be safely ashore in Dinas Dinlle

13th August 2009

At 13:29hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report from Lifeboat Operations Manager, Porthdinllaen,  that a small speedboat had broken down near Aber-Geirch.  On arrival a tow was passed over to casualty who was then towed to Porthysgaden. Lifeboat returned to station shortly after 14:30hrs

26th July 2009

The Station Boarding boat and Hetty Rampton were both launched to a overturned sailing dinghy in Nefyn bay. The casualty was safely rescued and returned to Nefyn beach.

10th July 2009

At 21:16hrs Hetty Rampton was launched after H.M.C.G. received 999 call from a 13ft dory stating they had engine failure approx 2miles north east  of the lifeboat station. Upon arrival, a towing rope was set up and casualty was safely towed back to Morfa Nefyn beach. Lifeboat returned to station at 22:00hrs

Dory  Dory under tow

1st July 2009

At 09:24hrs Hetty Rampton was launched in aid of a 7.5mtr Anttares class cabin cruiser " Sea Fisher" situated 12mls north of Porthdinllaen, On arrival a towing rope was passed over and  a course was set for Caernarfon. At 11:55hrs the vessel was safely on a courtesy mooring near Caernarfon Castle, the lifeboat then returned to station arriving back at Porthdinllaen at 13:15hrs

 

17th June 2009

At 17:18hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a person who had been washed into the sea whilst fishing on the rocks near Whistling Sands (Porth Oer) , Rescue 122 from RAF  Valley was also scrambled to the scene. On arrival the helicopter recovered the casualty and took him to Bangor hospital lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 18:00hrs. You can see the helicopter rescue at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8106148.stm

12th June 2009

At 21:02hrs,  Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a broken down 40ft catamaran situated 25 miles west of Porthdinllaen with 2 persons on board .After arriving on the scene at 23:00hrs a crew member was transferred on to the casualty as one of the crew was suffering from heart problems. After attaching a tow line the MARAZOU was then towed towards Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring with the  lifeboat returning  to station at 02:40hrs. 

"Marazou" on safe mooring in Porthdinllaen

8th June 2009

At 04:33hrs Hetty Rampton was launched to a 38ft Bavaria yacht called "LAZY DAYS" ,16mls west south west of Bardsey Island with reported mechanical failure. Upon arrival at 06:30hrs a towing rope was passed over and a tow was set towards Pwllheli harbour, Pwllheli lifeboat was then requested to launch at 08:30.After arriving in Aberdaron bay the tow was passed over to Pwllheli lifeboat at 09:45hrs with HMCG breaking through the radio communications that the Hetty Rampton was urgently needed to assist another vessel 10mls north of Bardsey Island. The 20mts -  42 ton ex admiralty tender MFV74 had lost all power and was heading towards Porthdinllaen upon arrival at 10:15hrs a tow rope was passed over and lifeboat set course then  for Holyhead with Holyhead lifeboat launching. At 11:50hrs Holyhead lifeboat took over the tow to be taken in to Holyhead for repairs. Hetty Rampton then stood down and returned to station at 12:52hrs

The bavaria " Lazy Days" and MFV74 rescued on 8th June 2009 (click to enlarge)

7th June 2009

At 00:22hrs Hetty Rampton launched after reports of red flares sighted in the vicinity of Trefor.  Porthdinllaen auxiliary coastguard was also on the scene for observations.  After searching the area, nothing was found. It turned out to be a false alarm and the Lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 01:56hrs

30th May 2009

At 16:15 Hetty Rampton was launched to a report of a small craft with engine failure between Trefor and Clynnog Fawr but shortly after launching it was confirmed by HMCG that the small craft was being towed ashore by another vessel so the lifeboat stood down and returned to station

17th March 2009

At 18:08hrs Hetty Rampton was launched following a report from HMCG that the yacht "PIPPA" had failed to answer their radio communications  all day after following the correct procedure of informing HMCG before leaving Porthdinllaen.  The vessel was heading towards the Llanddwyn area.  Rescue 122 from RAF Valley was also scrambled to search area from Holyhead towards Llanddwyn. Fortunately Rescue 122 found the yacht just entering Holyhead harbour, the Lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 19:00hrs.

Yacht "Pippa" under tow.

11th March 2009

At 14:50hrs Hetty Rampton launched to a report of a yacht ( Pippa) broken down off Maen Mellt, a rock approx 10 miles south west of Porthdinllaen. Having arrived on scene, a crew member was put on board the yacht to asses the condition of  a lone sailor as he was suffering from severe shoulder pains. After assessing the sailor, a tow was established  and the yacht was towed back to Porthdinllaen to be put on a safe mooring. The Lifeboat returned to station at 17:10hrs  and  paramedics then dealt with the casualty .

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