Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Shouts Blog
Here are brief details of recent service launches or 'shouts'.
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With grateful thanks to Emyr Williams for these reports
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.'
9th August 2016
Holyhead Coastguard received a call on VHF radio from the Skipper of a yacht with four persons on board to say that they required immediate assistance. Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer and six volunteer crew members, launched at 7:19pm and was alongside the yacht within 40 minutes.
After consulting with the skipper, it was decided that it was best to tow the yacht, which was on passage from Deganwy to Poole in Dorset, to Pwllheli Marina where repairs could be carried out to her fuel system.
At 9:30pm, just off Bwlchtocyn headland, the tow was passed over to Pwllheli lifeboat to continue the journey to Pwllheli Marina. After transferring the yacht over to the care of Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat, Porthdinllaen lifeboat returned to her boathouse, with the lifeboat refuelled and ready for service at 22:45pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added: 'Our volunteer crew were able to rig the tow line immediately as they got alongside the yacht. Bardsey Sound is renowned for its strong currents and choppy seas, luckily tonight, the sea was fairly calm.'
30th July 2016
The RNLI Porthdinllaen volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch at 0935 this morning (Saturday, July 30th) to assist the ‘Sargasso’ – a 40 foot yacht with two persons on board - at a position 3 miles to the North West of Porthdinllaen. It was understood by Holyhead Coastguard that the gas alarm had gone off on the boat, indicating that there was a gas leak onboard. The crew had therefore switched off all engines, to prevent any possible fires or explosions. Under the circumstances, it was decided to tow the yacht back to a safe mooring at Porthdinllaen, so that a marine engineer could come out to fix the problem. The lifeboat was back at the boathouse by 1045.
28th July 2016
The RNLI Porthdinllaen volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch at 1215 today (Thursday, July 28th) to assist the fishing vessel ‘Melissa’ (with two persons on board) at a position 4 miles to the North East of Porthdinllaen, near Nant Gwrtheyrn. It was understood by Holyhead Coastguard that rope had tangled around the boat’s propeller, and that the ‘Melissa’ was currently being towed by another local fishing vessel, the ‘Osprey’ (with 2 persons on board) – that was having trouble with the tow, due to the conditions at the time. On arriving both vessels, it was understood that the ‘Osprey’ had some mechanical problems – due to having towed the ‘Melissa’ for some time. It was therefore decided to set up a double tow – from the back of the lifeboat on to the ‘Melissa’ and from the stern of ‘Melissa’ on to the ‘Osprey’. Both boats were towed back safely to their moorings at Porthdinllaen, with the John D.Spicer returning to the boathouse by 1345.
25th July 2016
The RNLI Porthdinllaen volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1307 today (Monday, July 25th) to assist a local fishing vessel, the ‘Steel Venture’ (with 4 persons on board) which had broken down approx. 3 miles to the North West from Porthdinllaen. On arriving the vessel, it was found that some rope had tangled around it’s propeller. The ‘Steel Venture’ had to be towed back to Porthdinllaen, where she was beached (so that the rope could be entangled once the tide went out). The lifeboat returned to the boathouse shortly after.