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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.'

£100K Appeal Launch

Porthdinllaen volunteer lifeboat crew will be launching their station £100,000 fundraising appeal this Friday, as they invite the local community and RNLI supporters to a celebration to kick off the appeal in style.

 

Event: Porthdinllaen RNLI £100K Fundraising Appeal Launch Event

Venue: Porthdinllaen Bay, outside the Ty Coch.

Date/time: Friday 7 June 2013 7pm

 

To launch the £100K fundraising drive, S4C sports and events presenter Morgan Jones will join RNLI volunteers in announcing a community challenge. Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers have been tasked to raise £100K by the charity to help fund the station’s new boathouse, which will house their new Tamar class lifeboat the John D.Spicer. The station’s new boathouse is quickly taking shape, with contractors already five months into the build.

The set target will fund the station’s mechanic workshop as well as some of the standard building costs for the station. S4C presenter Morgan Jones explains why he is supporting the appeal: ‘The RNLI crew are risking their lives to save others in trouble at sea, and as a boat owner myself, it was an honour to be asked to help launch Friday’s £100K appeal. Many of us enjoy sea activities, be it fishing or kayaking, sailing or water-skiing. But an enjoyable day on the water can turn into an emergency in a second, and that’s where these heroes play their invaluable role.’

 

Michael Davies, Coxswain of Porthdinllaen’s new Tamar class RNLI lifeboat says: ‘Like all lifeboat stations across the coast, Porthdinllaen RNLI gets tremendous support from the local community. There have been big changes at the station over the past 10 months; we’ve said goodbye to our previous lifeboat the Hetty Rampton which looked after us and kept the crew safe for 25 years, and welcomed the new Tamar class lifeboat to the bay last August. To house the new all-weather lifeboat we’re asking the community to please show their support once again and help us, the RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers, to reach our target and help provide the all-weather lifeboat with her new home.’

 

The first fundraising challenge has already been set, as Morgan leads 30 novice cyclists from St Davids, Pembrokeshire back home to Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station over a three day period in July. RNLI lifeboat crew, BAM Nuttall workers, who are building the new boathouse, and other RNLI supporters are already in training for the 150 mile cycling challenge along the Welsh coast.

 

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat crew responded to 11 incidents in 2012, rescuing 21 people. As a result of both training exercises and services, the volunteers spent a total of 302.55 hours out at sea last year. For information on how to support or to donate towards the Porthdinllaen RNLI £100K fundraising appeal contact either Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station or Deborah Ferns, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager on 01745 585162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also donate £5 towards the appeal by texting RNLI CYMRU to 70300.

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