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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.'

Final push for fundraising appeal

Training, launches and fundraising kept Porthdinllaen RNLI busy last year, but as the station’s new boathouse quickly takes shape, the volunteers are getting ready for the final push towards reaching their £100,000 target in 2014.

Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers are pleased to announce that nearly £66,500 has been raised towards the station’s £100,000 target – only eight  months after the boathouse appeal was launched.  But as the new lifeboat station takes shapes, with a completion date set for the summer, the volunteers are eager to hit their target before the crew take over their new station.

Fundraisers from across the UK have come together to support Porthdinllaen’s lifeboat crew in their appeal by holding events and raising money to help fund the new build.  Wolverhampton fundraising branch have raised thousands for the appeal by holding coffee mornings, concerts, talks and clothes sales.  Locally, communities across the Lleyn Peninsula have rallied together to support the crew with generous donations being made towards the appeal from the Lleyn and District Agricultural Show and the Porthdinllaen Mackerel Race.

Michael Davies, Coxswain at Porthdinllaen RNLI said:

‘The support we’ve had both locally and further afield has been amazing, and on behalf of Porthdinllaen lifeboat crew I would like to thank everyone for their continuous support in our appeal.   The past 18 months has been an exciting whirlwind for the crew, but we’re not slowing down yet as there’s still important training and fundraising to be completed before the summer.

‘Our new Tamar class lifeboat is still on a mooring in the bay, and sometimes getting on board the lifeboat to launch on exercise or on service can be the first hurdle for the crew – especially during the recent spell of bad weather.  The past 18 months haven’t been easy for the crew, but everyone has certainly proven their commitment to the charity by continuing to train and develop new skills to help save lives at sea.  It’s been very exciting to see the boathouse take shape and we look forward to the summer when the John D Spicer will safely be housed in her new home.’

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their new all-weather lifeboat John D Spicer 16 times last year, rescuing 28 people. John D Spicer arrived on station in August 2012 and since then the £2.7m lifeboat has been safely kept on a mooring in the bay as the lifeboat’s new home is under construction.

To support Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteers in their £100,000 fundraising drive please contact the station on 01758 721392 or to donate £5 directly towards the appeal text RNLI CYMRU to 70300.

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