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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.'

New Porthdinllaen volunteers complete vital RNLI training

Two of Porthdinllaen’s newest crew members have returned to North Wales after completing the RNLI Trainee Crew Course held at the charity’s Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset last week.

Caryl Jones and Mali Parry-Jones returned to Porthdinllaen full of enthusiasm after the week long course and can’t wait to practice their new skills on the north Wales coast.  The Trainee Crew Course, which is a vital training course for all new RNLI crew members, was partly funded by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET).


A key part of that course is the sea survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water; team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness; how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat; and the importance of lifejackets.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole, which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.

The training was funded by The LRET, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015. This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their total support to just over £1.5 million.

Caryl Jones said: ‘I really enjoyed Trainee Crew Course at the RNLI headquarters in Poole last week.  The course was packed with various sessions: from learning practical sea survival skills, how to put out a fire without compromising our own safety, too how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat.  The RNLI trainers were very supportive and reassuring throughout the course.’

Mali added: ‘The equipment and recourses that are available for training at the RNLI Lifeboat College are amazing.  It’s a great place to train, because we get a chance to try out new skills in a safe and controlled environment.’

Porthdinllaen Coxswain, Michael Davies said: ‘The support given by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.

‘This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea survival skills; providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.’

This donation is just the latest in The LRET’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Eleri Davies
RNLI Press Officer at St Asaph.

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