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Flare helps locate boat in seven-hour night rescue

fishing vessel tow rnli Pwllheli

Fishermen fired a flare to enable RNLI crew to spot their disabled boat during a seven-hour night rescue in Wales.

The 30-foot fishing boat suffered mechanical failure one night in June 2018 off Bardsey Island, Pwllheli, in Gwynedd, North-West Wales.

RNLI Pwllheli volunteers were asked to help in what proved to be a seven-hour all-night operation. They initially arrived at the reported point but could not see the casualty vessel.

The crew contacted the vessel and found an incorrect position had been reported. The casualty vessel crew were asked to fire a flare so they could be located.

The RNLI rescuers spotted the distress signal and arrived at the disabled boat. They set up a tow line to the all-weather Mersey class lifeboat ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’ and took the fishing vessel to Pwllheli Marina.

Coxswain Clive Moore says, “They don’t come much longer than these! We were fortunate the weather was favourable which helped with late night nature of the service. Our volunteers are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to any called received from the coastguard.”

The main image of the fishing vessel in tow is credit of RNLI/Bryn Ellis.

Jun 14, 2018