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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.'

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Major search and rescue operation in the Irish Sea

At 02:20 on 27th November 2011, Hetty Rampton was launched to a report that a ship called SWANLAND was taking in water and sinking 20miles west of Porthdinllaen in severe weather with 8 Russian crew onboard.  Pwllheli lifeboat was also tasked together with rescue helicopter from RAF Valley.  On scene was the merchant ship BRO GAZELLE + LPG TANKER MONSOON. 

At 04:30 lifeboats were on scene but unfortunately the SWANLAND had sunk.  2 crew men had already been rescued from a liferaft by helicopter and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.  A huge search was carried out to look for the other 6 crew men throughout the morning with helicopters from Chivenor and Ireland sent in to search.  Abersoch, Trearddur Bay and Holyhead lifeboats were tasked to join the search in the afternoon with several Coast Guard teams searching the shorelines from Abersoch to Llandwrog.  At around 13:00 a body was recovered by a rescue helicopter and taken to Bangor Hospital.  The search carried on throught the day but nothing was found exept for debris from the SWANLAND.  At 16:45, due to fading lights, Holyhead Coast Guard called off the search.  Hetty Rampton returned to station with a very tired crew at 17:30.

At 10:30 on Monday 28th November, Hetty Rampton launched again to resume the search for the 5 missing crew men from the SWANLAND.  A search was carried out between Porthdinllaen and Abersoch with Coast Guard teams searching the shorelines from Aberdyfi to Holyhead together with RAF helicopters and North Wales Police unfortunately nothing was found.  All teams were stood down.  The lifeboat returned to station at 15:30

Our thoughts are with the familes of those lost at sea




Further information can be found here

http://alturl.com/d3es7 - Cambrian News - 25-foot waves in pitch black
http://alturl.com/tzb38 - Daily Post Videos - Porthdinllaen RNLI searches for men missing from Swanland cargo ship
http://alturl.com/v3yeq - BBC News - Search for crew of sunken Swanland to resume
http://alturl.com/6apb6 - BBC News - Hunt for five missing crew of sunken Swanland halts
http://alturl.com/n45m3 - RNLI Website - Five Welsh Lifeboats search for missing cargo ship crew

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