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.'