Lifeboat Services Continued

June 27th Caernarfon and the Menai Strait

The lifeboat was called out 19.25 when the crew were tasked with searching the water between Menai Bridge and Caernarfon for a 27 year old missing man. The missing man was eventually located and the crew were stood down. They were back at the station, refuelled and ready for active service at 22.25.

A second call out was at 15.30. A boat had come off its mooring at Beaumaris and was on the sandbanks opposite Friars Bay. The crew attempted to reach the boat but with a rapidly falling tide were unable to so returned to the station at 16.05.

June 26th Off Puffin Island

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat were called out today, Saturday 26 June, at 17.20 to assist a passenger boat off Puffin Island with a rope caught round its propeller. Simon Bunting, Senior Helm at Beaumaris Lifeboat Station went into the water and managed to free the rope which was attached to a lobster pot. The Passenger Boat was able to continue its journey while the lifeboat returned to the Station and was washed down, refuelled and ready for active service again at 18.15.

June 25th Near Puffin Island and at Menai Bridge

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat were called on Friday 25 June, at 19.25 to a 21ft cruiser with fuel problems on the Menai Strait before Puffin Island. The boat was towed back to Beaumaris were it was left on a mooring off the Pier and the two male crew on board were taken ashore.

At 20.14, the crew then responded to an incident involving a person reporting to be a potential jumper off one of the Bridges. En route to the scene, the Lifeboat was stood down.

June 21st Menai Bridge, Swellies and gazelle

05.49

Volunteer crew paged to respond to an incident involving two swimmers at Menai Bridge. Lifeboat got as far as Gallows Point when they were stood down.

14.17

Volunteer crew called out to two yachts taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge that had run aground in the Menai Strait. The White Cloud hit the Gribyn Rock as it approached Caernarfon and was then struck by the Team Krishna and both ran aground. Both boats were towed into open water by the lifeboat and White Cloud was escorted to Felinheli while Team Krishna was able to make its own way through the Strait.

19.15

Crew called out to a 5m boat in trouble off the Gazelle which they towed to a mooring.

June 12 Dinas Dinlle

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat station were called out this morning at 1.05am in response to a request from Porth Dinllaen Lifeboat for assistance with a 50 year old male in the water at Dinas Dinlle. Rescue 122 helicopter was also called out and recovered the man. Beaumaris Lifeboat then returned back to station arriving at 3.40am.

June 20 Menai Bridge, Swellies and the Menai Strait

05.49

Volunteer crew paged to respond to an incident involving two swimmers at Menai Bridge. Lifeboat got as far as Gallows Point when they were stood down.

14.17

Volunteer crew called out to two yachts taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge that had run aground in the Menai Strait. The White Cloud hit the Gribyn Rock as it approached Caernarfon and was then struck by the Team Krishna and both ran aground. Both boats were towed into open water by the lifeboat and White Cloud was escorted to Felinheli while Team Krishna was able to make its own way through the Strait.

19.15

Crew called out to a 5m boat in trouble off the Gazelle which they towed to a mooring.

Friday June 11th Penmon Beach

An anchored yacht gave out a Pan Pan call as it drifted onto rocks. Cerismar II stood by until Beaumaris Lifeboat reached the scene to provide a tow. It immediately became clear the yacht was sinking after being pulled off the rocks. Two lifeboat crew went aboard with a pump but nothing could be done to save the yacht which went down within minutes. The two yachtsmen were taken to Penmon beach by the lifeboat.

Friday June 4th

Details to be provided

May 31 Red Wharf Bay, Puffin, Swellies and Bangor Pier

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat were called out to an incident on Monday 31 May, at 13.45pm and then responded to four successive incidents thereafter finally arriving back at the boathouse refuelled and ready for active service again at 18.05pm.

The first incident was an 8 metre broken down boat off Red Wharf Bay. Beaumaris Lifeboat took over the tow from Moelfre lifeboat taking the broken down boat to Menai Bridge.

While towing the boat to Menai Bridge, Beaumaris Lifeboat picked up a kayaker who was cold and wet at Puffin Sound and took him to Beaumaris before proceeding to Menai Bridge.

On the way through from Beaumaris to Menai Bridge, the volunteer crew passed a broken down boat between Gallows Point and Bangor Pier. Beaumaris Lifeboat dropped the first broken down boat off at Menai Bridge and then returned to pick up the second broken down boat and took it to Menai Bridge.

Beaumaris Lifeboat then received a request from Holyhead Coastguard to attend to another broken down boat in the Swellies. Beaumaris Lifeboat towed this boat to Port Dinorwic.

Beaumaris Lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station and was being refuelled when it received a request from Holyhead Coastguard to attend an incident off Bangor Pier involving two teenagers in a dinghy. The crew picked up the teenagers and took them to Bangor Slipway.

The Beaumaris Lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station. The boat was refuelled and ready for service at 18.05pm.

May 26th 10:05 White Beach

Holyhead Coastguard received a telephone call from a small vessel with engine failure off White Beach between Llanddona and Puffin Island. The Coastguard requested that the Beaumaris Lifeboat launch to rescue the boat with 2 persons on board. The crew, on their 7th call out in 5 days, towed the boat to Penmaenmawr before returning to the Beaumaris Lifeboat station.

Weather: Northerly Force 4

Tuesday May 25 21:05 Off Puffin Island

The volunteer crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat Station were called out in response to a May Day from a boat off Puffin Island. The 23ft boat with two males on board had a rope caught round its prop and on the lifeboat’s arrival at the scene was 10ft away from the rocks off the Island. The crew towed the boat to the Fairway Buoy and handed it over to Conwy Lifeboat. During the tow the rope was freed from around the prop so the 23ft boat was able to proceed under its own power but was escorted by Conwy Lifeboat back to Conwy Marina.
Weather: North Easterly F3-4

Tuesday May 25 15:00 Bangor Pier

Holyhead Coastguard requested the Lifeboat launch to rescue two male kayakers stuck in the mud near Bangor Pier. Two of the four lifeboat crew walked out over the mud to help the kayakers carry their kayaks to the shore where they were given assistance by Bangor Coastguard. After the crew members rejoined at Menai Bridge, the Lifeboat proceeded back to the Beaumaris station.

Monday May 24th 15:00 Menai Strait

The crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat Station were called out this afternoon at 15.00 to rescue two male walkers attempting to cross the Menai Strait from Llanfairfechan to Beaumaris. The Lifeboat picked the walkers up at the entrance to the Menai Strait and brought them back to Beaumaris Lifeboat Station.

Service 20 Sunday May 23rd 16:14 Plas Menai

The crew of Beaumaris Lifeboat were called out to assist a 34ft boat at Felinheli that had a lobster pot caught round its prop. The lifeboatmen were able to untangle the propellor to enable the boat to proceed. The crew escorted the boat to Port Dinorwic.

Service 19 Sunday May 23rd 12:16 Britannia Bridge

Two persons were seen jumping off the Britannia Bridge into the water. Beaumaris lifeboat launched to search in the water. The persons were spotted by helicopter ashore and were given assistance by the emergency services.


Weather: Fine, wind variable 2-3

Service 18 Saturday 22nd 13.54 Menai Strait

Holyhead Coastguard requested a launch to the owner of a newly purchased vessel with his family on board. He had asked for assistance and dropped anchor because of a mechanical failure. The Beaumaris lifeboat towed the vessel to Menai Bridge and made it secure.

Service 17 Saturday 15th May 20:45 Abermenai

A Mayday call was received by the coastguard for a yacht at Abermenai which had run aground and was having trouble refloating on a rising tide in strong currents. The lifeboat was sent to provide assistance to the yacht, which was escorted to Victoria Dock in Caernarfon.

Weather WSW force 4

Service 16 Saturday 15th May 17:07 off Bangor Pier

A 24' power boat with 2 persons on board ran out of fuel off Bangor pier. The skipper contacted HH Coastguard via mobile phone and the Beaumaris Lifeboat was requested. The lifeboat was launched and quickly located the casualty which was then towed back to Menai Bridge where it was left rafted on Menai Bridge Pier. The Lifeboat returned to station

Weather WSW force 4

Service 14 and 15 Monday 3rd May 13:50 Puffin Island and Mussel Bank

The lifeboat was launched when a Pan Pan call was received by Holyhead Coastguard for a broken down boat at Mussel Bank on the Caernarfon bar. En route, the lifeboat was diverted to a wind surfer struggling to get back onto his board at Penmon near Puffin Island. The windsurfer was also monitered from the shore by the mobile coastguard unit on scene.

After ensuring the windsurfer was safe, the lifeboat was directed onto rescue the broken down yacht, the yacht received assistance in the meantime from a nearby craft and was then escorted from Fort Belan to Caernarfon by the Beaumaris lifeboat before returning to base, the yacht subsequently made her way onto Port Dinorwic.

Service 13 Sunday 2nd May 14:15 Beaumaris Bay

A member of the public called the Coastguard to report two men clinging to an overturned tender in Beaumaris Bay in rough conditions. The lifeboat launched to the scene as the men reached the nearby shore. The two men were given assistance at the North West Venturers Yacht Club, Gallows Point.

Service 12 Sunday 25th April 10:06 - Off Lady Margaret's Bay

Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call from a broken down small open dinghy reported to be on the Beaumaris side of Bangor pier. The lifeboat attended and located the casualty in the vicinity of Lady Margaret's bay. The casualty was taken in tow and towed back to its launching site at Menai Bridge public slipway. The lifeboat returned to station.

Weather: SW force 5

Service 11 - 21:53 19th April - Port Dinorwic

North Wales Police requested the lifeboat to standby in the vicinity of Port Dinorwic where a female was threatening to jump into the Strait from the marina wall. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the police had persuaded the casualty to leave the wall and the lifeboat was released to return to station.

Weather easterly force 1

Service 10 17:00 18th April 1 mile NW of Conwy Fairway Buouy

Holyhead Coastguard received a request for assistance from an 8m motor boar out of fuel 1 mile NW of Conwy Fairway Buoy. The Beaumaris lifeboat was launched and located the casualty. The boat was taken in tow and towed into Conwy and left secured to the waiting pontoon outside Conwy marina.
Weather NE force 2

Service 9 - 14:34 18th April - Lleiniog

A 63 year old male walking the Anglesey coastal path in the vicinity of Lleiniog fell injuring his shoulder. The tide was rising and he was incapacitated by his injuries. He was able to use a mobile phone to ask for assistance and the Penmon coastguard team was tasked. The location was inaccessible by road so the lifeboat was requested to evacuate the casualty and transfer him to an ambulance.

The lifeboat attended, the casualty and his dog was taken aboard the lifeboat and the casualty was given First Aid by the lifeboat crew as he was brought back to the Beaumaris boathouse. Once back at the boathouse he was handed over to the ambulance and subsequently taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd.
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Weather
NE force 3

Service 8: 15:20 4th April off Caernarfon Bar

Holyhead Coastguard received a report that a 38' commercial RIB had suffered catastrophic engine failure with 10 persons on board. The vessel was asked to deply its anchor and the Beaumaris Lifeboat was launched. It proceeded to the scene, took the vessel in tow and towed it in to Caernarfon, The tide was ebbing at the time and progress was slow so the vessel was left alongside at Caernarfon to await a commercial tow. The Lifeboat returned to station.
The new Atlantic 85 performed well for this call out.
Weather NE Force 3
Pictured: screen capture of the tow location from the navigation system on board the 85 lifeboat

Service 7 - 2nd April Off Menai Bridge pier

Holyhead Coastguard received a report of a drifting small boat with outboard in indeterminate position off Menai Bridge Pier. They requested that the lifeboat check for recent occupation as there was a possibility that someone may have fallen overboard.

The lifeboat located the boat, confirmed that there was no sign of recent occupation and towed it to a mooring off Menai Bridge pier where it was left. The lifeboat returned to station.
Weather S 3-4

Service 6: 18:38 26th March Menai Bridge

The lifeboat was launched to search for a missing person, the search area was from Beaumaris to Menai Bridge. The lifeboat was stood down shortly after launch as the person was located at Caernarfon hospital.

Service 5: 00:28am 24th March Lavan Sands in the Menai Strait

A cockle picker was reported as missing on Lavan Sands, the lifeboat launched and commenced search for one hour. The lifeboat wwas recalled as the person was found safe and well on the A55.

Service 4: 16:22 15th March North Eastern End of Menai Strait

Holyhead Coastguard initially reported a vessel low on fuel on passage from Cardigan bay to Fleetwood and as they did not have any charts of the Menai Strait they requested escort through the Swellies to Port Dinorwic where they hoped to get fuel. A short while later the vessel reported a position in Conwy Bay and the Lifeboat was launched to locate the vessel which was eventually found near to B1 at the north eastern end of the Strait.

The vessel refused the offer of fuel at Beaumaris and said that they had organised fuel at Conwy marina. As the Lifeboat left the scene the vessel started to head off down the east side of Puffin Island and were about to go over the causeway which was only just awash. The lifeboat returned and guided them safely through Puffin Sound and to Conwy fairway buoy to await the tide to get into Conwy.



Service 3: 09:59 10th February off Fort Belan

Holyhead Coastguard requested the Lifeboat investigate a drifting dinghy to ensure that there was no sign of recent occupancy. The Lifeboat launched but whilst en route the Auxiliary Coastguard team recovered the dinghy and confirmed it derelict. The Lifeboat was recalled.

Weather NE 4


Service 2: 13:45 19th January Menai Bridge - Swellies Area

Holyhead Coastguard received a report of a capsized inflatable near Menai Bridge with 3 persons in the water being washed towards Caernarfon.

When the lifeboat arrived the 3 persons had been recovered by a sister craft but the inflatable was pinned on to Swelly rock beacon.

The lifeboat escorted the boat with the casualties on board back to Indefatigable and then returned to recover the Inflatable, which was then towed in.

Weather SE Force 1
Lifeboats News Release

1st Service of new Atlantic 85 16th January 14:20 Brittannia Bridge

North Wales Police requested the Lifeboat to attend following a report of a person jumping from Britannia Bridge. The lifeboat was launched but the casualty was recovered by an instructor working in the area on a Swift Water training course (out of Plas Menai).

The lifeboat put two crew members ashore to be available to assist the helicopter winchman.

The rescued person was then taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital by the RAF rescue helicopter.