Lone fisherman rescued by Porthdinllaen lifeboat
A fisherman who had ventured out of Trefor beach in a rowing boat has been rescued by Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat.
The gentleman, who was on holiday in the area, had set out of Trefor beach in the morning, for a day's fishing off the local pier. By early afternoon, the weather had deteriorated, and with a force six easterly wind and swell building up, the fisherman contacted Holyhead Coastguard to request help.
Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather lifeboat, the John D Spicer was lauched at 1.15 pm to search for the missing fisherman. Contact was made with the fisherman, and by working on the information given to them, the volunteer crew began the search. Within 25 minutes of launching, the lifeboat had located the fisherman and he was taken on board the lifeboat and, along with his dinghy, was taken back to Trefor Harbour.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Launch Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen said, 'It is important that whnever anybody sets out to sea, that they inform someone ashore of their intentions and what time they intend to return. Everyone who sets out to sea, for their own safety, should wear a lifejacket, have means of calling for help should they find themselves in any danger, their distress kit should include red distress flares, a basic marine VHF radio and ensure that everyone on board knows how to use them. Basic checks such as weather forecast and tide times are essential The crew did a fantastic job considering the poor visibility hampering the search and strong wind blowing the casualty further out to sea.'