Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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Latest Shout

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.'

New Boathouse Updates

Bam Nuttall April Newsletter

BAM Nuttall in conjunction with the RNLI have commenced works to demolish and reconstruct the lifeboat station and slipway in Lifeboat Bay, near Porthdinllaen. The works are being undertaken to create a larger boathouse to house the new Tamar class lifeboat, the introduction of which is strategically key to the RNLI’s rescue service on the northwest coast of Wales.

The overall contract duration is 66 weeks with the start of works on site having commenced on 22nd October 2012.  Prior to Christmas both the boathouse and upper slipway were demolished, and part of the rock cliff face behind the boat house was re-profiled. Since then piles which will act as the foundations for the boathouse were installed as were the sheet piles which will create the walls for the external areas and walkways. Also, the construction of concrete foundations has been completed. In addition, rock anchors and netting were secured to the cliff face immediately adjacent to the boathouse and a crane has been delivered to site. A new automatic gate has been installed at the entrance of Nefyn and District Golf Course.

In the next month we will continue the shipping in and installation of the precast concrete groundbeams for the boathouse with concreting for the groundbeams and crushing of material occurring concurrently. A ground source heat pump is currently being installed to provide the new lifeboat station with a clean source of heating. We apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.

We are fully aware of the potential for disruption that these works carry and have undertaken extensive planning works prior to our arrival on site. These include the creation of a refuge on the beach to handle all deliveries by sea in order to remove heavy traffic on local roads, and establishing a compound just outside Morfa Nefyn to house the site offices to prevent visual intrusion on the peninsula.

In order to minimise the period of disruption to the bay, we will be working alternate weekends. We will be working on the weekends of 13th-14th and 27th-28th April, and 11th-12th May 2013. We will limit any works creating excessive noise to daylight hours.
Due to the demolition and consequent construction of the lifeboat station, has been necessary for us to close the public footpath which runs through Lifeboat Bay. A diversion has been created, with steps constructed to take users up to the cliff top at the south end of the lifeboat cove. Public access to part of the beach south of the lifeboat station is still possible, as is access to the breakwater to the north of the lifeboat station and part of the north beach. Signs have been located where necessary to inform users of the diversion. A viewing and information hut has been erected on the cliff top by the footpath diversion. Inside the hut is a board displaying information about the works, the current progress, images and other pertinent information for public viewing.

Once again I apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.  However, should you have any questions or would like to discuss these or any other matters further please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 913 923.

Yours faithfully
Nuttall John Martin

Lloyd Wickens
Site Agent

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