Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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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.'

Crew Honours


1951 Voted the Silver Medal to Second Coxswain William Dop for his intrepid seamanship in the rescue of three persons from the yacht 'Waterbell' on 8th August

1964 Centenary vellum awarded

1974 Bronze medal for gallantry awarded to Coxswain G J Jones, B.E.M, for the rescue of a man stranded on an isolated rock a quarter of a mile north of the lifeboat house using the lifeboat station's boarding boat in a strong gale force south westerly wind and a rough sea with a heavy swell on the night of 20th September. His 14 year old son, Eric, who also manned the boarding boat was awarded an inscribed wrist watch.

1976 Bronze medal for gallantry awarded to crew member Glyn Roberts for the rescue of a boy trapped eighty feet up the cliff face at Porth-y-Nant on the night of 31st August. Glyn Roberts and Second Coxswain, John Scott, went ashore from the lifeboat in a boarding boat between dangerous rocks in an eight foot swell, and Glyn Roberts climbed the cliff face to bring the boy to safety. a second boy was also rescued from the beach and Second Coxswain Scott was awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on vellum.

1981 Bronze medal for gallantry awarded to Second Coxswain Michael Massarelli in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when the lifeboat under his command rescued two men who had been thrown into the water when an inflatable dinghy had capsized in Porthdinllaen bay in a North Easterly gale and a very rough sea on the afternoon of the 25th April.

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