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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.'

9th August 2016

Holyhead Coastguard received a call on VHF radio from the Skipper of a yacht with four persons on board to say that they required immediate assistance. Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer and six volunteer crew members, launched at 7:19pm and was alongside the yacht within 40 minutes. 

After consulting with the skipper, it was decided that it was best to tow the yacht, which was on passage from Deganwy to Poole in Dorset, to Pwllheli Marina where repairs could be carried out to her fuel system.


At 9:30pm, just off Bwlchtocyn headland, the tow was passed over to Pwllheli lifeboat to continue the journey to Pwllheli Marina. After transferring the yacht over to the care of Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat, Porthdinllaen lifeboat returned to her boathouse, with the lifeboat refuelled and ready for service at 22:45pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added: 'Our volunteer crew were able to rig the tow line immediately as they got alongside the yacht. Bardsey Sound is renowned for its strong currents and choppy seas, luckily tonight, the sea was fairly calm.'

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