Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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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.'

Lights, Camera, Launch

The red carpet was rolled out for Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers on Monday as they got a sneak preview of a new S4Cc documentary – starring themselves.

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat crew have seen big changes over the past 12 months –and S4C have been there every step of the way to capture a year in the life of Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers.

On Monday 2 September the red carpet was rolled out in front of the Tŷy Coch in Porthdinllaen ready to welcome the new local celebrities as the RNLI volunteers previewed the first two episodes of their Welsh language series ‘Bad Achub Porthdinllaen’ which will also include English subtitles. Cameras have been following the RNLI volunteers for 12 months to capture a very busy, but exciting, year in the life of Porthdinllaen RNLI.  The six -part series will be broadcast on S4C at 7.30pm from Wednesday 4 September and can be watched on-line for 35 days after at s4c.co.uk/clic.

Cameras from Caernarfon based TV Production Company Cwmni Da have been following the lifeboat crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and supporters since August 2012 to show how the whole community join together to help save lives at sea. 

Over the past 12 months the volunteers have seen big changes at the station; saying goodbye to the old lifeboat the Hetty Rampton, welcoming the new £2.7M lifeboat John D Spicer, learning how to operate the new lifeboat both locally and across the coast, demolishing the old boathouse as well as facing the challenge to raise £100K for the new station.

Michael Davies, full-time Coxswain at Porthdinllaen lifeboat station said:

‘It’s been an exciting but challenging year for us all at Porthdinllaen RNLI – we’ve seen big changes and faced new challenges but we wouldn’t change it for the world.  With everything going on at the station the past year has flown by, so we’re all looking forward to sit down and see what memories Cwmni Da captured on camera in what has been a very busy year for the volunteers!’

Cwmni Da Producer, Mali Parry-Jones, has also had an interesting experience whilst filming the series:

‘I never imagined that whilst filming the series that it would effect and change my life in so many ways too – within a year I’ve become a member of the lifeboat crew, taken part in numerous maritime training and was a privileged enough to be chosen to help crew the new lifeboat on her passage home from Dorset to north Wales….and it’s all been caught on camera!

‘I have had lots of offers to join the lifeboat crew over the years, I eventually joined the crew on exercise and I’m now hooked!’

‘Bad Achub Porthdinllaen’, a six  part series filmed by Cwmni Da TV Production Company, will be broadcast on S4C from Wednesday 4 September at 7.30pm. Next year, the RNLI will celebrate 150 years since the first lifeboat arrived at Porthdinllaen. Join S4C this September to see just what life is like up on deck.

S4C can be viewed  in Wales on:
•    Freeview – 4
•    Virgin TV – 166
•    Freesat - 104
•    Sky – 104
•    Sky (without subscribing) – 134

in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on: Sky 134; Freesat 120; Virgin TV 166

You can also watch S4C live on tvcatchup.com

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