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Llandudno inshore lifeboat rescue stricken amphibious rib

LLANDUDNO’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) Dr. Barbara Saunderson was called Wednesday (July 1) to assist a 6.8m amphibious rib which had suffered engine failure and was anchored approximately one mile offshore at Penrhyn Bay.

In good conditions, the volunteer crew soon reached the stricken craft which had a crew of two on board. After securing a towline the ILB proceeded to tow the rib to the safety of Porth Eirias where it had originally launched.

Helm Mike Jones, said, “we were pleased to find a well equipped and well-serviced vessel, it was an unfortunate mechanical failure and clearly no fault of their own. They did all the right things including calling the coastguard for assistance. This was a good outcome, and our return journey from Porth Eirias allowed us to conduct some useful navigational training before returning to the boathouse.”

A spokesperson from the RNLI explained “this was a good operation; we were able to successfully carry out our rescue while also safely adhering to all the procedures and precautions we have put in place during the COVID 19 situation. The craft involved was from Colwyn Bay and had also followed all the current guidelines including seeking authority to launch from the local agencies.”

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