LIFEBOAT volunteers helped rescue two people aboard a yacht that had suffered engine failure near a small island off the west coast of Anglesey on Friday (September 10).

At approximately 5.15pm on Friday, volunteer crew members of the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat team received a crew assemble page from UK Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a yacht broken down near Ynys Llanddwyn.

At 5.30pm the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat ‘Annette Mary Liddington’, with her volunteer crew, launched and proceeded to the casualty vessel.

Once on scene at the vessel, and having ensured that all was well with the two crew members aboard, an assessment was made by the Helmsman as to the best course of action.

It was decided for safety reasons that, as the vessel had suffered engine failure and could not be restarted, it should be towed back to the safety of the nearest mooring or berth.

But due to the falling tide at Caernarfon Bar, it would be some time before sufficient water depth would be available for the yacht to pass.

The lifeboat instructed the yacht to deploy its anchor, and monitored it until a sufficient water depth was available to return across Caernarfon Bar. By this time, fog had descended in the area, reducing visibility.

A tow was established, and both the lifeboat and casualty craft made their way back.

The vessel was taken to a berth at Victoria dock in Caernarfon, where the Her Majesty’s Coastguard Team and harbour staff awaited to support the rescue effort.

Once this was competed, the lifeboat was released from the service by the UK Coastguard to return to her station at Beaumaris, arriving at 10.30 pm to be refuelled and cleaned under the current COVID-19 instructions.

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