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.'

Historic day for Porthdinllaen RNLI as £2.7M lifeboat sails home

Excitement is mounting in north Wales as final preparations are put in place for the arrival of Porthdinllaen’s modern new Tamar class lifeboat.

She will sail into in Morfa Nefyn for the very first time on Monday (20 August). The new lifeboat John D Spicer will begin its journey from the RNLI’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset on Friday (17 August).

     A selection of RNLI volunteers from the station have spent this week undertaking Pre-Commission Training at the RNLI’s purpose build Lifeboat College at Poole in Dorset to get to grips with every aspect of the new lifeboat. On Friday, they will begin their passage to north Wales, which will take in Falmouth, Rosslare and Arklow before heading up towards Porthdinllaen on Monday afternoon at around 5pm.

The new lifeboat will be given quite a welcome when she arrives home for the very first time. Porthdinllaen RNLI Coxswain Mike Davies said excitement is mounting:

‘When the new lifeboat comes around the headland for the very first time, I know there will be gasps from everyone who has turned out to welcome her.  Bringing her home will definitely be one of the highlights of my career and a very proud moment.  This really is a fantastic boat and I have every confidence that she will serve us well and help us to save more lives off Porthdinllaen.

‘For the RNLI crew, safety is paramount and this is a lifeboat which has been very carefully designed to enable volunteers to go to sea in the safest possible way. It is also faster than our current Tyne class lifeboat and has many features that will aid search and rescue. Training to get to grips with this new lifeboat has been quite intensive and will continue now the new lifeboat is on station.’

The Tamar will replace the Tyne class lifeboat Hetty Rampton which entered service at Porthdinllaen in 1987. Since then she has launched 315 times, rescued 328 people and  saved 52 lives. The Tyne class lifeboat will sail out to greet the new Tamar and bring her safely home.

Porthdinllaen’s Tamar has been funded by the generous bequest of the late Mr John Dominic Spicer, from Oxfordshire who died on the 7 October 2010.   At the request of the executors the lifeboat is to be named RNLB John D Spicer. The boat will be temporarily kept on a mooring whilst work to build a new boathouse at the Morfa Nefyn site gets underway

The Tamar features the latest technology to enhance its lifesaving capabilities. Compared to the Tyne class lifeboat, the Tamar is bigger – 16 metres as opposed to 14 – and has a faster response time, with a speed of 25, rather than 17 knots.

The Tamar includes the computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) that enables crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions remotely from the safety of their seats. Other features include advanced ergonomics, that reduce the impact on the crew as the lifeboat crashes through waves, and a powered Y boat stored behind a transom door to allow immediate deployment.

The first Tamar to go on service in Wales went on station at Tenby in Wales in 2006, followed by Angle in 2009.

Danielle Rush
RNLI Public Relations Manager at St Asaph.

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