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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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With grateful thanks to Emyr Williams for these reports

11th August 2013

At 16:48 John D Spicer slipped her mooring to a report of 2 inflatable kayakers being blown out to sea at Porth Ysgaden. When alongside both casualties were transferred on to the lifeboat and taken ashore at Morfa Nefyn beach.  Lifeboat stood down at 17:45

10th August 2013

At 17:19 John D Spicer slipped her mooring to a report of missing divers at Porth Ysgaden.  Upon arrival, Rescue 122 RAF Valley had picked the casualty up from the water and landed them safely ashore.  Lifeboat stood down and returned to station.

30th June 2013

The John D Spicer was launched to assist the 'Ronan Orla' - a 36ft fishing vessel belonging to a local fisherman, that was 8 miles to the North of Porthdinllaen. She was towed back to Porthdinllaen arriving at approx. 15.45.

24th February 2013

The John D Spicer was launched at 4.47am  to assist the fishing vessel Lady K who was loosing fuel. She was towed back safely to Porthdinllaen, arriving at approx 7.30am.

You can see a short video of the rescue here http://tinyurl.com/d5ttau7

23rd September 2012

Porthdinllaen’s new Tamar class lifeboat was launched after two kayakers issued a Mayday. The two male kayakers who had set off from Aberdaron Bay were two miles offshore. They were unable to make any headway due to deteriorating weather.

The British Warship HMS Tyne was also responding to the Mayday call and making headway towards the kayakers when the RNLI lifeboat arrived.

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