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.'

Hetty Rampton

The 'Hetty Rampton' is a 47ft x 15ft steel hulled "Tyne Class" self righting lifeboat.  She is driven by two 425h.p. General Motors 6V - 92 TI Diesel engines giving a top speed of 18 knots.



'Hetty' has been in service at Porthdinllaen since April 27th 1987 after being built at a cost of approximately £560,000 by Fairey Allday Marine at Cowes in the Isle of Wight.  The money was provided out of a gift from the Trustees of the Miss Hetty Mabel Rampton's Charitable Trust and it was fitting that, at the service of Dedication conducted by the Bishop of Bangor assisted by Rev E.Wheldon, the vicar of Nefyn, Hetty Rampton's neice a Miss Yolande Rampton christened the boat " Hetty Rampton"

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