Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Barmouth lifeboat in action

The RNLI Barmouth ALB was launched at 10.30am on Monday, September 21 after receiving information about a lone yachtsman in difficulty south of Mochras. At the time there was a moderate breeze and the sea was quite choppy.

The yacht Blue Seal that was being sailed from Cardigan to Merseyside with one person on board was suffering from engine failure when the RNLI lifeboat was tasked to help. When the RNLI ALB arrived at the yacht the Pwllheli lifeboat was already standing by. Barmouth lifeboat then escorted the yacht back towards Barmouth.

The yacht was towed across The Bar into Barmouth Harbour where it was left on the harbour wall. The owner of the yacht who lives in Whiston, Merseyside reported that it was taking in water.

Kevin McArdell, Deputy Launching Authority for RNLI Barmouth said, "The yachtsman was very fortunate crossing the Bar at the time he did because an hour later the wind over tide conditions would have made the boat’s predicament much worse."


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