2016 - 4 Services
In addition to the shouts below, the Lifeboat crew have been paged to launch 0 times this year, but the launch was cancelled before the boat entered the water.
Abersoch RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 7.28 pm on Wednesday, April 6 after reports were received from Holyhead Coastguard of a fishing vessel with mechanical problems approximately a mile to the east of the station. There was one man on board.
In a moderate sea and a strength 5 north-westerly wind, the Abersoch volunteers were quickly on scene and decided to escort the casualty back to a mooring at Abersoch Harbour.
The crew were back at the station at 7.47 pm. This had been their fourth call-out of the year.
Launched to reports of a 36ft vessel struggling with mechanical problems, a vague location was given, initially 4 miles south of Aberdaron.
Abersoch RNLI commenced searching, for the same vessel we escorted on March 24th, using their new technology available on the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the sea conditions by Wylfa and Cilan were quite large. A crew member spotted the casualty boat by Trwyn Talfarach near Rhiw. It was fairly close to the rocks, drifting as without an anchor line longer enough to reach the seabed and without engine power.
Abersoch crew members quickly established a tow line and put one crew member on board the casualty boat. The conditions were quite rough for towing. HM Coastguard tasked Pwllheli Lifeboat to join the rescue and to take over the tow. We transferred the towing operation to Pwllheli Lifeboat at Porth Ceiriad towards Wylfa, who were going to take the vessel to Pwllheli marina.
Abersoch lifeboat returned to station at 8:30pm, refuelled and washed ready for service by 9:15pm.
Good teamwork for a challenging towing operation.
First Towing of 2016 for Abersoch RNLI
Abersoch RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was called for its second service of 2016 on Thursday, the last day of March.
The Peter and Ann Setten was launched at 11.22am after receiving reports of a broken down powerboat 5 miles directly east of Abersoch. There were five pepole on board, three men and two boys.
In a calm sea, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in 14 minutes and found the casualty at anchor. One of the RNLI crewmen boarded the 26 foot vessel and a line was attached. It was then carefully towed to the Warren Beach.
After checking that all was well, the crew returned to station at 12.52 pm.
Abersoch RNLI on Escort Duty
On Thursday, 24 March, Abersoch RNLI’s brand new inshore lifeboat was called for its second service, - its first shout of 2016. The Peter and Ann Setten was launched at 3.05 pm in response to reports from Holyhead Coastguard that a heavy wooden motorboat was in difficulties near Aberdaron.
In a rough sea and a strength 5 to 6 wind from the south-west, theAtlantic 85 with its four volunteer crewmen made good progress. They were on scene in 25 minutes, finding the casualty off Ynys Gwylan Fawr, about a mile south-east of Aberdaron.
The volunteers were informed by the two men that they were on a passage from Porthmadog to Liverpool. Following further discussion it became apparent that the two were not experienced sailors. They were unsure of their position and were not confident about navigating their 30 foot vessel through Bardsey Sound. They did have flares and a VHS radio on board but their lifejackets were inadequate.
It was decided that returning to Abersoch was the best course of action and a volunteer crew member boarded the motorboat and proceeded to drive it back under the escort of the RNLI lifeboat.
After approximately 90 minutes the casualty vessel was tied to a mooring off Abersoch and the two men and the RNLI crewman were transferred to the lifeboat and taken to the station where a relative of one of the men was waiting to take them home. It was 5.20 pm.
2015 - 25 Services
In addition to the shouts below, the Lifeboat crew have been paged to launch 0 times this year, but the launch was cancelled before the boat entered the water.
First Shout for Abersoch RNLI’s New Inshore Lifeboat Abersoch’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 9.46 am on Thursday, November 26. It was their first shout on board the brand new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, the Peter and Ann Setten, which replaced their old Atlantic 75 on October 5th this year.
It was an occasion that the crew were eagerly looking forward to following 52 days of the conscientious training and dedication required in getting to know the new boat and its capabilities.
The Peter and Ann Setten was launched after reports were received of a dinghy drifting approximately half a mile off Trwyn Llanbedrog. A local Coastguard unit on The Warren beach was in communication. In a slight, variable wind and a flat sea, the powerful new RNLI lifeboat brought the four man volunteer crew on scene in five minutes. They found the casualty vessel, a 10 foot orange and white Sportyak 2, unmanned and in a very poor state of repair. A line was attached and it was towed back to Abersoch and the crew returned to station at 10.30 am.
The Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 3pm on Saturday, 12 September to the aid of two children and an adult in difficulties in the sea at Porth Neigwl.
Rescue (helicopter) 936 had also been tasked to attend. In a slight sea, with a strength 2 wind from the west, the Margaret Bench of Solihull made good progress and was on scene in fourteen minutes.
The Abersoch RNLI volunteers could see that the casualties had been helped ashore and it was reported that they had been met by paramedics from Rescue 936 which had landed close to the beach. When the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat crew learnt that everyone was safe and well they left the scene.
It was 3.38 pm when they returned to station.
Abersoch RNLI lifeboat was launched following reports of a powerboat with mechanical failure off Trwyn Cilan, a point approximately four and a half miles south south-west of the station.
There were two adults, a man and a woman, on board both suffering from sea-sickness.
In sea conditions similar to those of the previous day, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in twelve minutes and found the 20 foot casualty vessel at anchor in a swelling sea.
A crew member boarded the stricken craft and provided one of the occupants with medication for her sea-sickness.
Then, a line was attached from the RNLI lifeboat and a tow back to Abersoch was initiated.
After forty five minutes of careful towing, the powerboat was tied to a mooring belonging to the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club. The two occupants, who did not require any further medical assistance, were left on their vessel to await the arrival of the Club’s launch which would take them ashore where members of the local Coastguard and SCYC officials were waiting.
The Abersoch RNLI crew returned to station at 3.09 pm.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.56 pm on Saturday, 15 August to help a ketch with its propeller caught in its own tender’s ropes at the south-west end of Llanbedrog Beach, approximately two and a half miles north-east of the station. There were two adults, a teenager and two dogs on board.
In a slight sea with a strength 2 wind from the south-west, the Margaret Bench of Solihull took eight minutes to reach its destination. This was commendable considering that the given position for the casualty was inaccurate by a nautical mile which meant that the volunteer crew had to rely on their own keen observational skills to arrive alongsides.
Once on scene an RNLI crew member entered the water and in a short time he was able to disentangle the ropes and free the propeller. Then, after conducting some essential checks, the lifeboat crew were satisfied that the 45 foot ketch was in working order once again.
They returned to station at 3.35 pm.
Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to the aid of a capsized sailing dinghy one and a half miles to the east of the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club. There were two men on board. Holyhead Coastguard also reported that there were two RIBs in attendance which had attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to right the casualty vessel.
In a moderate sea with a strength 4 wind from the south-west, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in four minutes and learned that one sailor had been taken ashore on one of the RIBs. It was reported that he was tired but not in need of medical assistance.
In continually swelling sea conditions, the crew members found the task of righting the dinghy challenging and after ten minutes the decision was taken to return to collect two extra crew members to assist.
It was at this time that the sailor who had stayed with the stricken Laser was taken ashore on the lifeboat. In the station he was given warm drinks and towels. He was cold and tired from his long ordeal in the sea but he did not require any medical attention. After a few minutes he was taken to his accomodation in the village to rejoin his friends.
In the meantime the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat returned to the task with the extra manpower and after approximately fifteen minutes the casualty craft was righted and its sails were lowered. It was then towed to Borth Fawr where its owners were waiting. The tow took twenty minutes to complete.
After making sure that all was well, the crew returned to station at 7.20 pm.
Abersoch RNLI’s twentieth call-out of the year on Tuesday, 28 July was to help a group of surfers reported to be in difficulties at the eastern end of Porth Neigwl. Rescue 936 helicopter had also been called.
The Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 1.20 pm into a moderate sea with a strength 4 wind from the north-west and was on scene in ten minutes.
On arrival the volunteer crew could see that the surfers had reached the shore and were in the company of members of the local Coastguard unit.
When radio reports confirmed that the casualties were safe and did not require medical assistance, Rescue 936 stood down and the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat returned to station. It was 1.55 pm.
Whilst returning to Abersoch the volunteer crew were diverted to another broken down powerboat a few hundred metres from the station. There were two men and two women on board, all wearing lifejackets.
After assessing the situation, once again the decision was taken to tow the stricken 16 foot Fletcher to Machroes at the southern end of Borth Fawr.
At the end of the 25 minute tow the crew made sure that everyone was safe and well before returning to station at 1.53 pm.
There have been two calls for the service of the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat on each of three consecutive Saturday this month.
At midday on Saturday, 25 July, the Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched to the aid of a powerboat with engine failure by Carreg y Trai east of St Tudwal’s Island East. There were two men on board.
In a moderate sea, with a strength 3 wind from the north, the Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was on scene in minutes and a crew member boarded the casualty vessel.
After unsuccessful attempts to restart its engine the Abersoch crew decided to tow the 20 foot Fourwinds powerboat to Pwllheli Marina. This task took 45 minutes to complete.
The second launch of Thursday, 23 July was at 7.58 pm to an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) activated four miles east of Abersoch. The co-ordinates given indicated the Pwllheli Marina area.
In a calm sea the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in 12 minutes and were tasked to conduct a shoreline search from Pwllheli to Abersoch and then back again to Pwllheli a mile offshore. The Abersoch Coastguard unit was searching Pwllheli Marina.
Also searching in Caernarfon Bay were the Porthdinllaen and Beaumaris RNLI lifeboats and a Rescue 936 helicopter, the latter also covering Pwllheli and Abersoch.
The Barmouth RNLI lifeboat had also been alerted and was searching to the east of Pwllheli.
After approximately an hour into the operation it was confirmed that the EPIRB was in a vessel in the Marina and that its owner had been found.
The Abersoch RNLI lifeboat returned to station at 9.10 pm having completed its eleventh mission in twelve days.
The following day the Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched once more, tasked to investigate reports of a capsized dinghy with a damaged centre board at the southern end of the Abersoch moorings.
In a slight sea and a strength 2 southwesterly wind, the volunteer crew were quickly on scene but could not find the casualty.
They were then informed by the Abersoch mobile Coastguard unit on shore that the casualty vessel was a Laser dinghy and were requested to investigate the area at the southern end of Borth Fawr.
After a thorough search of this area and an equally careful sweep of the bay there was nothing to report and Holyhead Coastguard was happy for the crew to return to station.
It was 4.10 pm..
Abersoch RNLI launched their lifeboat after receiving reports of a small RIB, with two adults on board, in difficulties between St.Tudwal’s Island west and Penrhyn Du, approximately two miles south-east of the station.
The alarm had been raised by members of the public using the Coastal Path who had seen “the men waving.”
In a moderate sea and a strength 2 wind from the south-west the volunteers arrived on scene in a few minutes and found that the casualty vessel, with its occupants, had already been towed ashore to Machroes at the southern end of Borth Fawr. Members of the local Coastguard were present.
The Abersoch RNLI crew also went ashore to check the casualties and found them safe and well. The two men were very apologetic as they had not intended to call out the lifeboat, - they had been waving to other craft in the vicinity. They were both wearing buoyancy aids and had oars on their vessel.
The lifeboat returned to station at 2.24 pm. having completed its ninth task in eleven days.
Launched on service to search for a missing 18 year old boy at 4:40am Monday 20th July.
Commenced a coastline search from The Warren beach, past Llanbedrog to Carreg y Defaid. Also searching the area was Abersoch and Aberdaron Coastguard, North Wales Police along with their Police Helicopter.
As the lifeboat volunteer crew were searching towards Penrhyn Du they located the missing teenage walking along Abersoch main beach towards the golf slipway. We put a crew member ashore, Police and Mother met him, looked to be safe and well. Good result, lifeboat refuelled and washed ready for service.
Another Busy Saturday for Abersoch RNLI Crew
Just having refuelled from previous shout, at 1.57 pm the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat was launched once more, responding to a report from Holyhead Coastguard of a surfboard and sail drifting off the Warren Beach in the direction of Trwyn Llanbedrog.
In the strong wind from the south-west, the crew were on scene in a few minutes and immediately found the surfboard and sail but there was no sign of an owner-occupier. Just as the Abersoch volunteers were considering the next step a RIB arrived on scene with the surfboard’s owner on board. He told the crew members that when he was out on the water earlier, he became aware of a problem with the board and sail and he could not continue. So he left the equipment and swam ashore to get help. The faulty board and sail were taken on board the RIB and returned to the Warren Beach.
The Abersoch RNLI lifeboat crew returned to station at 2.28 pm.
Abersoch Lifeboat launched on service after reports were received of a capsized catamaran off St. Tudwal’s Island west with two adults on board. In a strength 5 to 6 wind from the south-west the Abersoch volunteers were quickly on scene and took only a few minutes to right the casualty vessel. They then escorted the Dart 16 and its occupants, both men wearing lifejackets, back to Borth Fawr to waiting members of the local Coastguard.
The crew arrived back at the station at 1.48 pm.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched in response to reports of a dismasted Mirror sailing dinghy drifting near St. Tudwal’s Island west. There were four people on board. In a slight sea the volunteers were on scene in four minutes and saw that the casualty vessel, with its occupants – two adults and two children, was already being towed towards Borth Fawr by another craft. After escorting the tow safely ashore and then making sure that all was well, the crew returned to station at 6.35 pm.
Busy Saturday for Abersoch RNLI
Responding to a genuine false alarm, escorting a stricken sailing dinghy ashore, towing a broken down power boat to safety, advising sea users to the potential danger of their situation and then making sure that that advice was heeded. All these are actions taken by Abersoch RNLI crew members during two launches on Saturday, July 11.
The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched at 11.27 am after Holyhead Coastguard had received an automated distress signal from a VHF radio giving the latitude and longitude of the emergency as off the Warren Beach, but unfortunately there were no vessel details.
In moderate sea conditions, with a strength 4 southwesterly wind, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in three minutes and searched the area, approaching various vessels in the vicinity. After a few minutes, the Abersoch Coastguard unit found a jetski and its owner on the Warren Beach. When it became clear that it was his faulty hand-held radio that was the cause of the launch and search, the lifeboat returned to station at 12.02 pm.
Then at 2.22 pm the Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat wss launched once more, this time to the aid of a capsized dinghy off Trwyn Llanbedrog. There was a teenager onboard. The wind, still from the southwest, had picked up to strength 5. The Abersoch volunteers were on scene in five minutes and found the casualty being towed towards the Warren Beach by a jetski. The lifeboat crew decided to escort them ashore.
As they were doing this the crew noticed a broken down powerboat about 200 yards from the shore. After having made sure that the sailing dinghy and occupant were safe and well, the Abersoch crew went back to recover the stricken powerboat and its five occupants. A line was attached and the 18 foot Bowrider, with its two adults and three children was safely towed ashore.
As they were leaving the casualty, the crew noticed two adults in a shop bought plastic dinghy drifting to potential danger in the strong breeze. They responded positively to the crew’s advice to go ashore and the lifeboat stood by to make sure that they were safe before returning to station at 3.08 pm.
Abersoch RNLI launched the inshore lifeboat to the aid of a broken down RIB off west Cilan, 3 miles south southwest of Abersoch. There were two adults on board.
In a rough, swelling sea conditions and a strength 5 southwesterly wind, the volunteer crew made good progress and found the stricken craft at anchor approximately 20 metres off Trwyn y Ffosle. After assessing the situation, a tow was initiated and at 3.40 pm all arrived safely at the Harbour Beach where the casualty vessel was moored and its occupants brought ashore.
The inshore lifeboat immediately returned to sea, responding to reports of an injured child on Borth Fawr (Abersoch Main Beach). Quickly on scene, the volunteers saw that the child was being attended to by paramedics and was in the process of being airlifted to hospital by RAF Rescue 122 helicopter. Members of the local Coastguard unit were also on scene. As no assistance by the lifeboat was required, the crew returned to station at 4.12 pm.
The Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called into action for the fifth time this year on Monday evening, 22 June. The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched at 9.26 pm after reports were received of “a sinking vessel” off the Warren beach, approximately a mile north east of the RNLI lifeboat station. There were three adults on board.
In a flat calm sea the volunteer crew were on scene in three minutes and saw that the casualty vessel, an 18 foot speedboat, had managed to reach shallow water. Its three occupants, all wearing buoyancy aids, were wading besides their sticken craft and awaiting the arrival of a trailer.
The Abersoch volunteers stood by and checked that all was well before returning to station at 9.50 pm.
Launched to reports of a broken down powerboat, with six people on board, about half a mile north of St. Tudwal’s Island, east.
In a strength 4 westerly wind, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in six minutes and found the casualty vessel, a 30 foot Chaparral, at anchor. A crewman boarded the powerboat and after assessing the situation a line was attached and it was towed back towards Abersoch and eventually secured to a visitor’s mooring at the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club. Then the six occupants were transferred to the lifeboat and taken to the station where they were met by shore crew and by memberrs of the local Coastguard unit. They were given warm drinks.
It was 5.26pm when the lifeboat returned to station.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.51pm on Saturday, 16 May to the aid of a sailing yacht caught in lines connecting lobster pots about half a mile north of St. Tudwal Island, east.
In a slight sea, and a strength 3 southwesterly wind, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in four minutes, finding the stricken vessel at anchor. There were three adults on board, all wearing life-jackets. After assessing the situation, one RNLI crew member entered the water and was able to disentangle the ropes without much difficulty, thus freeing the rudder of the casualty vessel.
The lifeboat and crew were back at the Abersoch RNLI station at 4.24pm.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat’s second call-out of the year was similar to the first in that it involved searching for a dog that had fallen off a cliff in the same coastal area. At 2.26pm on Saturday, April 25 The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched to assist the local Coastguard unit to search for a locally owned Jack Russell, believed to have fallen over a cliff edge at Cilan a few miles southwest of Abersoch.
In a strength 3 northerly wind and a moderate sea, the Abersoch volunteers were on scene in 14 minutes. They then proceeded, in swelling sea conditions, to search the base of the steep sea cliffs of west Cilan, south of Trwyn y Ffosle, co-ordinating with members of the Coastguard unit located above them. After approximately half an hour of thorough, but unfortunately, unsuccessful coastline searching, the mission was called off. The lifeboat crew returned to station at 3.36pm
Sad First Shout for Abersoch RNLI - The Abersoch RNLI lifeboat was launched for its first call out of 2015 at 7.53 pm on Tuesday, April 7 after receiving reports that a sheepdog had fallen over cliffs at Cilan, a few miles southwest of Abersoch.
In a calm sea the volunteers were on scene in 10 minutes and began searching the base of the cliffs between Trwyn y Ffosle and Trwyn Carreg y Tir at the southeastern end of Porth Neigwl. After a few minutes, and with the valuable help of members of the local Coastguard unit at the clifftop, the dog was seen. Sadly, it had died and its body was recovered into the lifeboat and was taken back to the station where its owner was waiting.
It was 8.32 pm.
2014 - 23 Services
In addition to the shouts below, the Lifeboat crew have been paged to launch 0 times this year, but the launch was cancelled before the boat entered the water.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Christmas Eve to reports of a kayaker struggling in an offshore wind being blown out to sea from The Warren beach.
Abersoch RNLI Crew located a small object with Abersoch Coastguard's assistance, approx 3/4 mile out from The Warren beach. When the lifeboat got closer to the object it was actually an inflatable toy boat with a young boy inside with a snow shovel! The 15 year old boy had no lifejacket, or wetsuit, just tracksuit bottoms and jacket.
The casualty was very cold and concerned for his life. The lifeboat crew quickly brought the boy onboard the lifeboat, checked the boy’s medical conditions and rapidly returned him to station, where the shore crew were waiting with blankets. He was taken inside our warm crew room to be monitored and awaited his family.
One very lucky boy rescued on Christmas Eve.
Shortest Tow of the Year, to date, for Abersoch RNLI. Launched their inshore lifeboat at 1.45 pm on Friday, 24 October, to the aid of a broken down powerboat about a quarter of a mile from the station.There were two adults and a dog on board. In a calm sea, the volunteers were on scene in less than five minutes and decided to tow the 19 foot Chaparral, with occupants, back to the Harbour Beach from where it had been launched a short time earlier.
The crew were back at the station at 2.10 pm.
The Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched following initial reports of a boat on fire, it later emerged that a person on a boat in Porth Ceiriad waving a flag. It was also reported that a flare had been deployed.
In a calm sea, the Abersoch volunteers made good progress and were on scene in thirteen minutes and were informed that the casualty vessel had suffered engine breakdown. There were five people on board, three adults and two children, all of whom had lifejackets. A line was attached and the 18 foot powerboat, with occupants, was towed to Machroes at the southern end of Borth Fawr (Abersoch Main Beach) where they were met by members of the local Coastguard.
The crew returned to station at 1.20 pm.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, The Margaret Bench of Solihull, was launched for the twentieth time this year at 5.17pm on Sunday, 28 September. Reports had been received from Holyhead Coastguard of a sloop with engine problems 1.5 miles south of St Tudwal’s Island west. There were two men on board.
In a calm sea, the Abersoch volunteers made good progress and on scene they found the two men in fine spirits considering that they had been for some hours attempting, unsuccessfully, to start the engine. After assessing the situation the crew decided to tow the 40 foot casualty vessel back to Abersoch where it was attached it to a mooring and its occupants taken to the boathouse. The time was 6.30 pm.
The two men were very thankful and apologetic about “spoiling people’s Sunday afternoon” and informed the RNLI shore crew that they would attend to their stricken craft in the morning.
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched following reports of a broken down power boat off Trwyn Cilan. The volunteers were on scene in 20 minutes and found the casualty, an 18 foot Bayliner at anchor.
There were two adults on board. The ILB towed the stricken vessel back to the moorings at Abersoch and then took its occupants ashore at Machroes, at the southern end of Borth Fawr. The Abersoch crew returned to station at 11.56 a.m.
Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to the aid of a broken down power boat off St Tudwal’s Island west. There were two fishermen on board. The Abersoch volunteers were swiftly on scene.
A line was attached and the 15 foot casualty vessel, with occupants, was towed by the ILB to Machroes at the southern end of Borth Fawr to waiting members of the local Coastguard.
The crew returned to station at 19:08.
3 Shouts in less that 15 hours. Launched to investigate reports of a capsized dinghy off St Tudwal’s Island west. The Abersoch crew were alongsides in four minutes and could see that the drifting craft was not rigged for sailing. After making sure that there were no people involved they lifted the Topper dinghy on to the lifeboat and took it back to station to be investigated by members of the local Coastguard.
Returned to station at 7.38 am.
Launched on service after receiving reports of a yacht having drifted ashore, in a westerly wind, east of Aberdaron dragging its anchor from its mooring point near Porth Meudwy in the west. There were two people on board but were reported to have abandoned their stricken single-keeled vessel.
The Abersoch volunteers were on scene in thirty minutes and took the occupants back to their yacht. A line was secured and, eventually, with the aid of the rising tide, the ILB was able to tow the 8.5 metre vessel back across the bay near to its original mooring.
The crew were back at Abersoch at 1.50 am.
Launched to broken down jetski between the moorings and St Tudwal’s Island east. There was one person onboard. Once on scene, the Abersoch volunteers attached a line and, in a strength 5 northerly wind, safely towed the craft and its occupier back to the Harbour Beach.
The ILB returned to station at 5.04 pm.
As the crew were about to return to station from the previous shout they were alerted by the Coastguard mobile unit and tasked to help a de-masted Mirror dinghy in the bay with an adult and two children on board.
On scene in minutes, the Abersoch volunteers secured a line to the drifting vessel and safely towed it, with occupants, back to the beach.
The ILB returned to station at 4.50 pm.
Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat at 4 pm on Friday, August 15, after receiving reports from Holyhead Coastguard of a small sailing boat taking in water off St Tudwal’s Island. There were two people on board.
In a strength 5 wind and a moderate to fresh sea, the Abersoch crew were quickly on scene and found the dinghy with one person still on board, being towed by a yacht that was in the vicinity. The other person was on the yacht. The ILB took over the towing duties and the stricken craft and personnel were returned to Borth Fawr to waiting members of the local Coastguard.
Then thirty minutes later during the Regatta the volunteers responded to a call from the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club requesting their assistance to a de-masted sailing boat.
On scene they found that the casualty, a Cornish Crabber with two people on board, was able to move and the ILB escorted it back to the moorings.
The crew returned to station at 4.14 pm
The Margaret Bench of Solihull was requested to help in two separate incidents during the Abersoch Regatta on Saturday, August 9. Having launched their inshore lifeboat at 10.30 am, the Abersoch RNLI volunteers were already afloat on a public relations exercise, covering the annual maritime event when the calls came through.
The first of these was at 3.00 pm, - a Mayday sent out with good intent from a craft off St.Tudwal’s Island west, believing that a diver had been struck by one of the Regatta boats. The Abersoch crew attended and found all to be well.
At 2.54 pm, The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched in response to reports of a powerboat at the Abersoch moorings attempting unsuccessfully to tow a capsized dinghy.
The volunteers were on scene in 5 minutes and in windy southwesterly conditions the dinghy’s occupant was transferred from the helping powerboat to the lifeboat and his capsized craft was towed to Machroes at the southern end of Borth Fawr and was righted by crew members.
The ILB was back at the station at 3.48 pm.
Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat twice within two and a half hours on Sunday, August 3. In the first instance, it was a windsurfer in difficulties and in the second, a capsized sailing dinghy and its ccupant, - all safely brought ashore.
At 12.24 pm the Abersoch RNLI volunteers were tasked to help a windsurfer in difficulties about half a mile off the Warren Beach. In a strength 4 southwesterly wind they found the casualty in 6 minutes, holding on to his sail, the board having drifted away. He was taken, with the sail, on board the ILB and returned to the Warren Beach to waiting members of the local Coastguard. He was tired but did not require any medical attention.
The Abersoch crew then went back to search for the board and after 20 minutes found it at a point approximately a mile and a half northeast, and downwind from where the casualty was picked up. It was then taken on the ILB to its owner on the beach.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1.20 pm.
Crew Recover Drifting Dinghy - Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat at 8.40 pm on Wednesday, July 30 to recover a dinghy which had drifted a few hundred yards from the Harbour Beach. The sea was calm.
The Abersoch volunteers were quickly on scene and towed the unoccupied 16 foot vessel to a guest mooring off the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club.The crew were back at the station at 9.10pm
Abersoch RNLI Crew on Midnight Call. Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, The Margaret Bench of Solihull, was launched at 11.42 pm on Wednesday, July 23 after a red flare had been seen in Porth Ceiriad, 2 miles south of Abersoch. It was also reported that there was an orange coloured object in the water. The crew were on scene in 9 minutes at Porth Ceiriad the lifeboat crew spotted a small camp fire in the corner of the beach. Two crew members swam ashore from the lifeboat and discussed the reported red flare with the campers.
After conducting a thorough search of the area, with nothing to report, the Abersoch volunteers were requested by Holyhead Coastguard to search Porth Neigwl. This was done, but the result was the same as before.
The ILB was then tasked to go back to the Cilan area, between Porth Ceiriad and Porth Neigwl, to continue the search. After a while it became evident that the call had been a false alarm, but with good intention and the lifeboat returned to station at 1.37 am
Five People Brought Ashore. The Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 4pm on Tuesday, July 22 to the aid of a broken down Seadoo jet boat in a calm sea at the south eastern end of Porth Neigwl. There were two adults and three children on board.
On scene in 13 minutes, the Abersoch volunteers attached a line and the 13 foot casualty vessel, with its occupants, was safely towed to the Warren Beach.
The crew returned to station at 5.10pm
Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.13pm on Tuesday, July 1 after receiving reports of a dinghy with engine failure in a calm sea off St Tudwal’s Island West. There were two adults and a dog on board.
When the crew arrived at the given location they were informed by Holyhead Coastguard that the casualty vessel, a 5 foot inflatable tender, had been towed to safety by a power boat that happened to be in the area. The Abersoch volunteers then went towards Borth Fawr (Main Beach) and saw that the towing operation had been successful. After checking with the casualty that all was well, the ILB returned to station at 4.35pm.
On their fourth call out of the year Abersoch RNLI volunteers safely brought ashore a total of four people from two jetskis and a small inflatable.
The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched at 2.51pm on Saturday, June 21, responding to reports of two jetskis and an inflatable in difficulties in a moderate sea between St. Tudwal’s Island and Borth Fawr (Abersoch Main Beach). The inshore lifeboat was on scene in 4 minutes and saw that other crafts (two RIBs) were helping and already towing the stricken jetskis towards the shore.
The crew were informed that a jetski with two men and a small child on board, towing a light inflatable with two teenage passengers, had broken down. Another jetski in the vicinity, occupied by a man and a woman, offered help by attempting a tow but lines became entangled, immobilizing both jetskis. When they were eventually freed, the other vessels initiated towing operations.
The Abersoch volunteers assessed the situation, and having ascertained that medical attention was not required by any of the seven people involved, decided to take some of them ashore on the ILB. The woman from the second jetski was transferred to Borth Fawr where she was met by members of the local Coastguard, then the crew returned to take the teenagers to the Warren Beach, which was also the destination of the RIB that was towing the first jetski with the two men and small child.
The ILB returned from the Warren to meet and take over the tow of the second jetski to the Harbour Beach, and its male occupier was taken to the Lifeboat Station to be met by the local Coastguard. The time was 3.43pm.
The Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.23 pm on Tuesday, April 29 to the aid of a power boat with engine failure in a calm sea in Abersoch Bay.
On scene in 5 minutes, the volunteers proceeded to tow the 27 foot cruiser, with its single occupant, to Pwllheli Marina.
They returned to station at 10.02 pm.
On its first call-out of 2014, the Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested by Holyhead Coastguard to attend two separate incidents, but on both occasions the volunteer crew’s assistance was not required.
The Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched at 2.10 pm on Good Friday, April 18 after receiving reports of a youth in difficulties on rocks at Porth Meudwy, near Aberdaron. Having travelled as far as Ynysoedd Gwylan, the four man crew were informed that the teenage casualty was being taken ashore by a 122 Search and Rescue helicopter and that the Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat was also in attendance.
On its return to station, the Abersoch ILB was tasked to offer assistance at an incident which had taken place on Borth Fawr, (Abersoch Main Beach) where, reportedly, a 28 year old man had been struck by a wakeboard. As the volunteers arrived on scene they could see the casualty being taken to a waiting ambulance; members of the local Coastguard were also present.
The crew returned to station at 3.00 pm.
2013 - 30 Services
In addition to the shouts below, the Lifeboat crew have been paged to launch 1 times this year, but the launch was cancelled before the boat entered the water.
Abersoch RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched for its thirtieth service of the year at 6:13pm on Saturday, October 12. This was in response to a report that two people had been seen in the water off the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club. The volunteers were very quickly on scene but found that they were not required to help as the two swimmers had already managed to return to the safety of the beach. The inshore lifeboat returned to the station at 6:35pm.
Abersoch RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat at 10.54 am on Saturday, October 5th after receiving a Mayday call from a vessel taking in water "off Llanbedrog". There were two men on board.
The casualty's actual location was at a point less than a mile south of Carreg yr Imbill, Pwllheli. But in a calm sea and excellent visibility, the volunteers made good progress and were alongsides in 7 minutes.
A crew member and a pump were immediately transferred to the stricken 26 foot Bowrider and then a line was attached to tow it back to nearby Pwllheli marina. At the marina the ILB stood by until the casualty was hoisted out of the water. It was back at the Abersoch Station at 12.30 pm
At 10.37 am launched on service after receiving reports of a fishing boat with a flat battery, ¾ mile southeast of Trwyn Cilan, about 5miles south of Abersoch. There were 2 men on board.
The volunteers were alongsides in 8 minutes and a line was attached to the 18 foot casualty vessel. It was then towed to Abersoch where it was secured to a mooring off the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club and its occupants taken ashore.
The ILB was back at the station at 11.30 am.
Launched on service to reports of two children in the water being blown further out to sea after capsizing their sailing dingy out past Llanbedrog headland. Lifeboat arrived on scene to find dingy almost fully submerged, children had been safely picked up by a small fishing type vessel, lifeboat went along side vessel putting a crew member onboard to assess their medical condition, they were fine and well just cold and a bit shaken - keeping warm in the cuddy cabin. We escorted the vessel ashore and transferred the children to their parents on the beach.
The volunteer lifeboat crew then went back out to secure the sailing dingy and setup a tow to return the boat to shore at Llanbedrog.
Launched on service at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, August 27th, to assist a broken down yacht in a calm sea "near Bardsey". There were 2 men on board.
Initial reports on position were vague and it took the volunteers an hour to find the casualty which was at a point approximately 9 miles south of Bardsey Island. A line was attached to the 23 foot yacht and it was towed to the moorings at Abersoch where it was secured and its occupants taken ashore.
It was past midnight when the crew returned to station to wash down the boat and refuel for service.
Launched on Service at 02.02BST Bank Holiday Monday - first time launching without the actual lifeboat! Launched to casualty who had jumped off wall opposite Riverside hotel into the water. Two of his friends jumped in after him and pulled the unconscious male out.
Lifeboat crews quickly kitted up and ran down through Abersoch Harbour through mud to assist with first aid kit. First aid administered and male was put in stretcher for extraction. Difficult location to remove the casualty RAF Rescue 122 requested and assisted paramedics with extraction. Helmet cam video to follow.
The volunteer Lifeboat crew returned to station at 4:20am.
Fantastic teamwork from all the emergency services involved - Abersoch RNLI, Abersoch Coastguard, Ambulance Paramedic services, RAF Rescue 122 and the local Police force.
UPDATE- Casualties condition is now stable with injuries consisting of a broken pelvis, broken upper leg (Femur), broken bottom leg (Tibia and Fibula), and bruised ribs. One very lucky lad with a great team effort by all to get him to hospital.
Photo thanks to Martin Turtle - RNLI Abersoch Deputy Launching Officer.
At 11.32am on Sunday, August 25 the Abersoch ILB was launched at the request of Holyhead Coastguard to assist an inflatable dinghy in Aberdaron Bay. The craft, with 2 people on board, was having difficulty returning to shore in a rough sea. The Abersoch volunteers were on scene in 30 minutes and saw that the casualty was safely ashore after being assisted by another vessel in the area. It was 12.35pm when the lifeboat returned to station.
Launched on service to reports of 4 children hit by a jetski/jetboat off The Warren beach Abersoch. Arrived on scene with Wales Air Ambulance. One 12 year old child taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. Police trying to locate vessel in question.
Launched into a calm sea to the aid of a broken down Fletcher powerboat off Trwyn yr Wylfa, about 3 miles southeast of Abersoch. There were 6 people on board.
The Abersoch volunteers were alongsides in 8 minutes and a line was attached and the 17 foot casualty vessel and its occupants, a man and five teenagers, were towed to the safety of the Harbour Beach at Abersoch.
The crew returned to station at 3.57pm.
Tuesday, August 6, the Margaret Bench of Solihull was launched to the aid of a broken down yacht, with 3 adults on board, off Carreg Ddu south southwest of Aberdaron. There was no wind and it was drifting on its anchor.
The Abersoch volunteers arrived on scene at 8.48am at a point off Braich y Pwll about 1½ miles north of Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), the yacht and anchor were being pushed through Bardsey Sound at 5knots when we arrived onscene. In all sorts of directions. The casualty having drifted westward through the Sound from the initially reported location.
A crew member boarded the yacht and a line was attached from the lifeboat but the tide at that point made it difficult to initiate a tow. After more than one than one attempt, and the casualty having to cut free its storm anchor, at 9.35am the tow to Abersoch was under way.
Back at Abersoch, the vessel was secured to a visitor's mooring off the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club.
The ILB returned to station at 12.10pm
PHOTO: The yacht and anchor were being pushed through Bardsey Sound at 5knots when we arrived onscene
Launched at 2.22pm on Saturday, August 3, after receiving reports of a person on a jetski off Porth Bach, 2 miles southwest of Abersoch, waving his arms and blowing a whistle.
The volunteers were on scene in 5 minutes and found the jetski had broken down and that its teenage occupier was distressed, but otherwise well. After a line was attached the casualty was towed to the slipway at the southern end of Borth Fawr where members of the local Coastguard unit were waiting. The ILB returned to station at 2.49pm
Monday, July 29, the Abersoch ILB was launched at 4.35 pm to help a capsized dinghy in Abersoch Bay with two adult sailors having difficulty returning to shore. There was a fairly strong south westerly wind and the sea in the bay was rough.
The lifeboat was on scene in 4 minutes and the volunteers could see that the occupants had managed to right their craft and were safely ashore. The crew returned to station at 4.55pm
Launched to assist a broken down powerboat with 4 men on board. Initial reports located the casualty as being "800 yards off-shore" between St.Tudwal's Island West and the headland of Penrhyn Du, approximately 2½miles south east of Abersoch.
At this location, despite a calm sea and good visibility, the Abersoch could not see the casualty and proceeded to thoroughly search the area which included the shorelines of both St. Tudwal's Islands, more than once. Even a smoke flare discharged from the casualty was not visible to the crew of the ILB.
With the help of a mobile phone on board the powerboat, Holyhead Coastguard was able to relay a new and a more accurate position for the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat to go to. And eventually, 50 minutes after launching, the ILB was on scene at a point 2 miles south of Trwyn Cilan, more than 6 miles from the original location given past Abersoch.
A volunteer crewman boarded the 18 foot powerboat and attached a line from the ILB and a tow to Abersoch was initiated.
After 45 minutes the Abersoch crew were met by RNLI neighbours Pwllheli who's all-weather lifeboat had been tasked by Holyhead Coastguard to take over the towing duties to Pwllheli Marina.
The Abersoch crew returned to station at 4.36pm.
This service proves how valuable having a VHF radio on board your boat is, if this vessel had one or indeed a handheld VHF radio we could have communicated directly with them to determine the exact position, saving valuable time.
Launched on service at 7.56pm on Friday, July 26 after receiving reports of a man being swept out by the tide at Aberdaron. He was attempting to retrieve his dog from the sea.
On the way to the scene, at a point just west of Trwyn Cilan, Holyhead Coastguard requested the Abersoch volunteers to stand down as the man was ashore and safe.
It was 8.25pm when the ILB returned to station.
Launched on service to a powerboat in difficulties after hitting a submerged rock about 20 metres from the shore underneath Pared Mawr in Porth Ceiriad. There were 5 people on board.
The initial report stated that the collision had resulted in a fuel leak from the 21 foot Chapparal.On scene in 9 minutes a crew member boarded the casualty vessel to assess the situation and as a safety precaution, four of the occupants, two men and two boys were transferred to the lifeboat. The owner of the boat decided to stay on board with the volunteer crewman who found the problem to be hydraulic rather than fuel leakage.
A line was attached from the lifeboat and the stricken vessel was towed to the Harbour Beach at Abersoch.
The ILB returned tostation at 5.10pm
Launched to the aid of a sailing boat off Llanbedrog, having lost its rudder. In a moderate sea the volunteers were on scene in 8 minutes and towed the 7metre vessel and its single occupant to Pwllheli Marina.
The ILB retuned to Abersoch station at 9.54am.
At 1.55pm on Sunday, July 14, whilst attending a public relations exercise at the Wakestock Festival, the crew of the Margaret Bench of Solihull were diverted to help a broken down speedboat off Ynysoedd Tudwal. On scene in 7 minutes from the first information received, the RNLI volunteers proceeded to tow the 30 foot craft to the Abersoch moorings.The three adults on board requested to be left on their boat to wait for a friend who would pick them up. Having secured the casualty vessel, the Abersoch lifeboat crew left the scene at 2.38pm.
2nd shout of the day - Then at 8.10pm the Abersoch RNLI lifeboat was launched into a calm sea to the aid of a broken down speedboat with five adults on board about a mile and a half off the Warren area of Abersoch.
The volunteers were on scene in minutes and one crew member boarded the 26 foot vessel, found the electrical problem and managed to restart its engine. The ILB then escorted the casualty to Pwllheli Marina before returning to the boathouse at Abersoch at 9pm.
Abersoch RNLI played its part in what developed into a grand scale early hours search and rescue mission in Abersoch Bay.
The operation, co-ordinated by Holyhead Coastguard, happened between 1.30 and 3.50am and involved three RNLI lifeboats, two mobile Coastguard units, the police, an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter, and for a while, an ambulance was standing by.
At 1.31am on Friday, July 12, Holyhead Coastguard requested Abersoch RNLI to launch their inshore lifeboat after a member of the public had seen a man swimming out to a boat off Abersoch beach which he boarded and set off into the darkness. The sea was calm but this fact did not alleviate the immediate concern for his safety and other craft, some of them occupied, on their moorings.
On route, the Abersoch RNLI volunteers were informed that they should be looking out for not one, but two men. Once on scene they conducted a thorough search of the designated area and stopped to talk to by-standers on the shore.
After approximately 30 minutes they were informed that the boat in question had been found ashore at the Machroes end of Borth Fawr (Main Beach) and that a man was helping the police on scene with their enquiries. It then became apparent that a second man was indeed involved and that his whereabouts were unknown.
The search intensified for the missing person when Pwllheli RNLI's inshore and all-weather lifeboats, the Aberdaron Coastguard and the RAF 122 were all alerted and tasked by Holyhead Coastguard to help on scene.
After an hour or so of meticulous co-ordinaded searching by all concerned, the Coastguards who were searching the Machroes area found the missing person safely ashore, near the boat, and the police were called.
The man did not need any medical assisstance and the RAF 122 and both Pwllheli RNLI lifeboats stood down. Abersoch Coastguard recovered the vessel and made it secure.
The ILB returned to station at 3.50am
3rd shout of the day - back in service, responding to reports of a broken down Fletcher speedboat, with five people on board, in Porth Ceiriad, a popular beach approximately four miles south of Abersoch.
By the time that the volunteers were alongside, the casualty vessel had been successfully restarted. The Abersoch ILB escorted it back to Abersoch where it was recovered by tractor.
The lifeboat was back at the station at 3.10pm
Launched at 11.14am at the request of Holyhead Coastguard to attend to a broken down Dory in Aberdaron Bay.
The RNLI volunteers were on scene in 22 minutes and found the casualty moored off one of Ynysoedd Gwylan (Gull Islands). There were two adults and two young children on board the 15 foot vessel which had launched from Pwllheli.
It was decided that the woman and children be taken on the inshore lifeboat to the beach at Aberdaron, the lifeboat then returning to tow the Dory and the remaining male occupant to the beach.
Whilst on the beach the RNLI crew were informed by a member of the public that another vessel was in difficulties in Aberdaron Bay. The Abersoch volunteers responded immediately and were alongside the stricken 10 foot inflatable dinghy in minutes.
The craft, with its single occupant, was towed back to Aberdaron Beach before the Abersoch inshore lifeboat returned to station at 1.00pm
The inshore lifeboat was launched at 8pm on Saturday, June 22 after initial reports of two people and a dog cut off by the tide near the sewer outfall at the southern end of Llanbedrog Beach. The volunteers were on sene in ten minutes and found that the people were not in any difficulty. The call was taken as a false alarm with good intent. The ILB immediately returned to station.
The Abersoch inshore RNLI lifeboat was launched at 1.08pm on Monday, 17 June into a calm sea after receiving reports of a 26 foot yacht with a fouled propellor off Trwyn Cilan about four miles south of Abersoch.
The RNLI volunteers were on scene in 10 minutes and immediately secured a line to the stricken vessel and proceeded to tow it, with its single occupant, in an east- northeastward direction.
After approximately 55 minutes, at a point just south of St. Tudwal's Island East, the Abersoch crew were met by the all-weather lifeboat of RNLI colleagues from Pwllheli. They had been tasked by Holyhead Coastguard to take over the tow to the town's Marina.
RNLI Video - Abersoch lifeboat crew free yacht from Lobster pot lines.
Launched at 2.20pm the Abersoch RNLI volunteers were called to the aid of a broken down powerboat, in a calm sea, about a mile to the east of the boathouse. There were two adults on board.
Once on scene a crew member secured a line to the stricken 20 foot Bowrider and it was towed by the RNLI lifeboat to the Warren Beach.
The crew were back at the station at 2.53pm
Abersoch RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.53pm on Saturday (June 8) after concerns were reported for a missing kayak in Abersoch Bay. There was an adult and three children on board.
The RNLI volunteers were in the area in three minutes and immediately located the kayak and occupants approximately 200 yards off Penrhyn Du, 1.5miles southeast of Abersoch.
The kayakers were not in any difficulties and the inshore lifeboat escorted them back to Borth Fawr (Main Beach) before returning to station at 5.22pm.
The potential danger to seafarers of an unmanned vessel dragging its anchor was averted due to the prompt response of RNLI crew members.
Abersoch RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched at 11.40 am on Thursday, May 30 after receiving reports of a trimaran in difficulties at the south eastern end of Borth Fawr (Main Beach).
The volunteers were swiftly on scene and found that the vessel had been drifting for about a mile from its original mooring by the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club (SCYC). There was a strong northerly wind.
The Yacht Club's launch was already in attendance and had managed to prevent further drifting but could not tow the casualty vessel. They were positioned about 50 yards from the rocks at Penrhyn Du.
An RNLI crew member boarded the trimaran and secured a line. The craft was then towed back across the bay and secured to its mooring off the SCYC.
The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 12.20pm.
Helped refloat a yacht off a local beach.
The Abersoch inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.35pm following reports from Holyhead Coastguard of a 19ft. bilge keel yacht aground at Porth Neigwl.
In very good visibility and calm sea and air conditions, the volunteers were on scene in 15 minutes. A crewman boarded the casualty vessel and attached a line and the craft, with its single occupant, was towed back to the harbour at Abersoch.
The ILB returned to station at 5.36pm
Launched on service to two adults stuck at bottom of cliffs at Porth Ceiriad. On our way Holyhead Coastguard informed us that one person wasn't moving as injured.
The swell increased as we got past St Tudwals islands and headed towards Ceiriad. We arrived at Porth Ceiriad and began searching, they both had black wetsuits on - We spotted them quickly and guided the boat in through big breaking waves. One crew member made his way to the bow of the lifeboat to jump onto the rocks. Once on the rocks he clung on and timed climbing up the rocks with the breaking waves while the lifeboat moved back out of the breakers.
Our crew member climbed up to both casualties one of them wasn't moving lay on his back the other seemed fit and well. Both casualties were assessed, he was just about conscious but had taken a big bang on his head from a rock whilst spear fishing and swallowed a lot of sea water. Therefore immeadiately concerned about possible neck and spinal injuries. He was breathing and able to say a few words. The swell started to increase dramatically and were breaking over the 3 of them. Our crew member was concerned they would all be washed of and down the rocks as it was incredibly slippy so he straddled the casualty protecting him while maintaining his airway and reassuring him and his friend. Telling his friend to move up the cliffs as high as he could and get secure for the breaking waves.
Meanwhile the lifeboat was trying to get the second crew member onto the rocks to assist. He quickly got onto the rocks and the lifeboat rapidly got out of the dangerous breaking surf. The waves were getting bigger and bigger, smashing over the top of them. A few minutes later huge wave crashed over them and washed both first aid bags and the handheld radio out of their hands whilst they tried to cling onto the rocks and keep hold of the casualties. So they had no way of communicating with the lifeboat, RAF Rescue 122 or Holyhead Coastguard.
After ten minutes or so the RAF Rescue 122 helicopter arrived on scene. They hovered for a while planning whats best to do. During that time another huge wave crashed over them, the crew member that was still straddling the casualty keeping him safe when the wave completely pounded into them and washed that crew member down the cliff landing on more rocks and onto the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and eventually under the water. He came back the the surface and managed to find a rock to grab but it was so slippy and sharp it was difficult to hang onto and was washed off again. More breaking waves smashed into them, he clung on until there was a gap in the swell and managed to climb back up to the casualties being looked after by our other crew member. More waves smashed over them all and everyone nearly got washed down the cliffs a few times, dragging them down with the waves. They had to cling onto the casualties and pulled them back up. The crew decided to move up as high as we could but the cliffs were overhanging us so couldn't go that much further.
The lifeboat helm was battling to keep the boat pointing into the surf. The RAF winch man came down from the helicopter and winched the injured casualty first. As this was happening the swell was increasing and more breaking waves were hitting them trying to wash them off. The winch man came back down and one crew member and the other casualty were winched up to the helicopter. The winch line went back down to get the remaining crew member and the winch man.
They couldn't have lasted there another few minutes.
The two casualties were taken straight to Bangor hospital - Ysbyty Gwynedd.
The skill and bravery of the crew of the lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter which was invaluable, saved lives in this incident.
RNLI Helmet Cam video footage of life saving rescue here
Official Press Release Here
BBC News Report Here
The casualties and two of our crew were on the rocks exactly where the white breakers are hitting the rocks. Directly under RAF Rescue 122.
Abersoch RNLI's first call out of 2013 was to co-operate with paramedics to transfer a seriously ill person from an awkward sea shore location to a more accessible one from which a heli-med would be able to take him to hospital.
The Margaret Bench of Solihull, Abersoch RNLI's inshore lifeboat, was launched at 6.08pm on Saturday, April 20, at the request of the police who, with an ambulance team, were attending to a man who had collapsed on the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club's slipway at Abersoch, a short distance from the boathouse. They had also called for the services of an air ambulance.
Quickly on scene, the RNLI volunteers were informed by the medical teams who were with the casualty that he had suffered a heart attack. As the heli-med in attendance did not have lifting facilities the casualty would have to be moved to an accessible position.
With crew members' assisstance, the casualty was stretchered to the lifeboat and, with two paramedics also on board, was carefully transported the short distance to Borth Fawr (Abersoch Main Beach) where he was transferred to the waiting Air Ambulance.
The ILB returned to ststion at 6.30pm Also our first shout using the new helmet camera.
RNLI Video - Abersoch lifeboat crew and paramedics join forces
2012 - 25 Services
Lifeboat requested to search for a potential missing person as a backpack was found on Cilan headland.
Abersoch Coastguard and Police were also involved in the search of the area co-ordinated by Holyhead Coastguard. One of our lifeboat crew was put on shore to search. The owner of the backpack was eventually contacted and found to be safe and well at home. Lifeboat returned to station; washed and refueled ready for service by 2PM
Launched on service to a capsized dinghy with people in the water. Once launched advised that dinghy had made it to shore and coastguards wanted us to check casualties were ok. After checking one dinghy ashore found the correct casualties and found all ok. Returned to station.
Launched to reports of to capsized dinghy with rudder fallen off. Arrived on-scene and casualty managed to replace rudder and didn't need any more assistance. Lifeboat returned back to station for refuel and wash down.
Launched on service to powerboat rapidly taking on water. Information initially received was that the casualty boat was somewhere off Abersoch harbour and St Tudwals Island. We started searching and with help of Abersoch Coastguard we were guided onto small white object 1 mile east of Llanbedrog head. On arrival all we could see of the boat was 2ft of it bow, 3 people were in water next to sunken vessel waving their arms. We quickly recovered all 3 people out of the water and into the lifeboat, RAF Rescue 122 and Abersoch RNLI Crew assessed casualties and no medical assistance required. We took casualties back to station and relaunched to make the sunken vessel safe to shipping. Thankfully all people in the water, 2 adults and a young teenage boy (who couldn't swim) all had lifejackets on, or it could have been a very different ending.
More info on main RNLI page here.
Launched to reports of someone waving a white sheet or similar on a vessel in the moorings. Launched and searched area for any signs of life with assistance of Abersoch Coastguard. All boats searched in area while Abersoch Coastguard liaised with first informant. After extensive search we all decided could of been reflection off a Trinity House boat in the bay so made sure all boats in area searched and returned to station.
Launched on service to assist a 15ft fishing vessel with mechanical problems towards St Tudwals Isalnds, casualty located and towed back to Macros beach to awaiting coastguard.
Launched on service to assist a jet ski in difficulties in Aberdaron. On route we were informed that the casualty had decided to try to swim ashore! A passing vessel started to assist until the arrival of lifeboat. We recovered the casualty aboard the lifeboat and took him ashore for assessment of any injuries. Returned to station.
Requested to search for an overdue vessel with two children on missing for 2hrs. Once launched vessel was being towed back to main beach so we made sure all were safe and well then returned to station. Washed down and refuelled for service.
Launched to a capsized dinghy with 2 people sat on hull shouting and waving for help. Stood down halfway as a passing vessel had given assistance and taken them back to shore, into the care of Aberdaron Coastguard on the beach.
Three calls in 30mins. After completing an exercise with Porthdinllaen's new Tamar lifeboat on return to station we came across windsurfer in difficulty. Took them to shore and was directed to a topper in difficulty in the moorings. Abersoch beach patrol asked for our assistance in searching for a missing child.
Launched on service to reports of a vessel 1.5 NM south of Carreg y Trai. Launched and started a search for vessel. Vessel Located 13.05 after completing a Creeping Line ahead search. Lifeboat crew searched vessle for any signs that anyone had been onboard. Name of vessel found and owner contacted. Later found out it had been a tender to a vessel from Aberystwyth and towed back into station.
Launched on service to a yacht with broken tiller off SCYC. Once alongside yacht picked up a mooring and organised a tow off Samson back to Pwllheli marina.
Abersoch RNLI lifeboat was called to help a yacht, with its lone sailor, in Porth Ceiriad. The yacht was reported to be taking in water due to damaged engine mounting.
Quickly on scene a volunteer crewman boarded the casualty vessel, assessed the situation and immediately manned its bilge pump. His action made a difference and the 24 foot yacht was able to progress, albeit, very slowly under sail towards Abersoch.
The Deputy Launching Authority back at the station at Abersoch decided to request, through Holyhead Coastguard, the assistance of Pwllheli RNLI's all-weather lifeboat in the rescue operation.
Pwllheli RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) responded and at approximately 8.00pm the RNLI neighbours and casualty met off St. Tudwal's Island East. The Abersoch crew member was transferred back to the inshore lifeboat to be replaced on the stricken yacht by two volunteer crew members from RNLI Pwllheli. A line was attached from the ALB to the casualty and a tow to Pwllheli was initiated.
The Abersoch crew returned to station at 8.20pm
Launched on service:- To two different broken down vessels off St Tudwals West. On arriving on scene one vessel was being taken on tow by a passing vessel back to Abersoch main beach, while other vessel was arranging tow back to Pwllheli marina. The Lifeboat started tow towards marina and tow was swapped to vessel Lady Jane 1.5 miles SSW Gimblet rock. Pwllheli ILB also out towing vessel with fouled propeller back into marina.
Launched on service to 15ft grey RIB with mechanical failure off Llanbedrog headland. Once alongside casualty a passing boat had already taken up the tow & was very happy to carry on towing vessel back to Pwllheli. The lifeboat crew made sure tow was safe & returned to station. Abersoch coastguard met tow at Pwllheli marina and assisted them there.
Launched to reports of dingy adrift off Gull Islands near Aberdaron with 4 people onboard. Aberdaron coastguard team also tasked and they guided lifeboat onto casualty dingy. Which by then had drifted 2.5 miles South of Aberdaron bay.
4 people transferred to lifeboat and towed to awaiting coastguard team.
Launched on service to capsized GP14 in Abersoch moorings. One person in the water. With aid of Abersoch Sailing School RIB took person ashore to awaiting coastguard teams, whilst lifeboat righted and towed vessel ashore.
Launched to missing child on Abersoch main beach. Thankfully the child found safe and well before boat entered the water.
Launched on service to a powerboat with mechanical failure near St Tudwals islands. After having some difficulty locating casualty. Vessel found 2.5 miles South of Wylfa headland. Towed back to Abersoch harbour.
Earlier in the day whilst on PR with Wakestock Big Air Contest crews were lucky enough to have an unscheduled exercise with a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley. A big thank you to the crew of the helicopter for that.
All in all a very good day indeed.
Launched to 7m fishing boat with engine failure off devils ridge. With 4 people onboard. Located vessel and towed back to Abersoch moorings. Put on mooring and casualties brought back to lifeboat station safely. One plus point for casualties is the two good sized sea bass they had caught during their day trip.
2nd shout of the day, within 2hrs! Tasked to search for missing girl. Hollyhead CG asked us to stand down just before we launched. Girl found safe and well.
Launched on service 12:29 to broken down powerboat with 1 person on board just off SCYC. We were with the casualty vessel within 10mins of them requesting help! Boat towed and secured to inner harbour trots.
Launched on service 18.28 tasked to yacht entangled on moorings. Freed, placed on new mooring and brought people safely ashore. With abersoch coastguard running them for their vehicle.
Launched at 14.15 to answer a MAYDAY call. 45ft Yacht taking on water off St Tuds East. We located the vessel and two of our three crew members boarded the casualty vessel, transferred our salvage pump and started pumping water out. Our pump was only just about keeping on top of the leak so we requested Pwllheli ALB for their bigger salvage pump. Pwllheli transferred their pump and carried on with both pumps running. We took the yacht straight to the hoist in Pwllheli marina. Great team effort between Pwllheli, Abersoch lifeboat and Abersoch coastguard.
Requested to search for person in water, towards The Warren beach. Located and recovered casualty, returned to station and passed over to ambulance crew.
First shout of 2012.
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2011 - 23 Services
In addition to the shouts below, the Lifeboat crew have been paged to launch 2 times this year, but the launch was cancelled before the boat entered the water.
Lifeboat was launched to find a missing person in Aberdaron. In rough winter seas and strong westerly gales it was decided that the lifeboat should be returned to station, before we reached Cilan Head. Prepped ready for next service.
At approximately 2am on Sunday 27th of November the 81m (266ft) cargo ship "Swanland" put out a mayday call from approximately 10 mile North West of the Lleyn Peninsula. As it had a cracked hull and was sinking due to the extreme weather conditions. Force 8 to 9 gale force winds with enormous seas. The ship was carrying 3000 tonnes of limestone from Llanddulas to Cowes in the Isle of White. 8 Russian crew members were on board. Its believe 5 managed to get there immersion suits on and onto the deck when a "giant" wave washed over the ship and broke her back. Sinking it rapidly.
Its last track, you can see it was heading SSW then rapidly went off course.
Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat was launched in gale force winds and rough seas at 2.30am, Pwllheli all-weather lifeboat was also launched a few minutes later.
Many of the Abersoch crew were eagerly watching this incident develop on the news early sunday morning when their pagers alerted them to "Launch ILB" at 9:55am to join the offshore lifeboats.
We were initially tasked to search for reports of a life-raft washed up on the south west coast of Bardsey Island.
There were 4 helicopters involved in this operation - 2 helicopters from RAF valley, 1 from Ireland and another from RAF Chivenor as well as a spotter plane that was performing search patterns over the large area.
In total there were also 5 welsh lifeboats launched in the search for the missing cargo ship crew:-
Pwllheli (ALB), Abersoch (ILB), Porthdinllaen (ALB), Trearddur Bay (ILB) and Holyhead (ALB).
The Abersoch crew had now been on the water for 3hours after having searched around Bardsey Island and around to Aberdaron in treacherous conditions. The lifeboat needed to be refueled, so the crew remaining at the station prepared the cans of petrol and it was decided that a change of crew would be sensible in these tiring conditions.
A suitable sheltered cove was selected, Porth Meudwy, Aberdaron to perform the crew change and refueling of the lifeboat at sea. So the crew headed there by car carrying there survival suits and fuel in another car.
As the lifeboat was just about to refuel Holyhead Coastguard received a few 999 calls about a separate incident! Which was a capsize boat in Aberdaron bay, we were tasked to investigate as well an RAF helicopter. They dingy was fine so the existing search continued.
Once the boat was ready to go again the 2nd crew were tasked to perform a shoreline search all the way up to Porthdinllaen. With the lifeboat being reasonably close to the shoreline the waves were building up to a huge height with large swells running in every direction, making it even more challenging trying to locate any survivors from the Swanland. The crew spotted a life-raft aground near some cliffs, but due to the extreme sea conditions we couldn't get close to investigate further. Later an RAF helicopter winched a man down to check it, but the raft was empty.
After battling up to Porthdinllaen, at this point the sun was setting and the wind was picking up even more. We were then tasked to do a coast line search all the way back to towards Bardsey, checking every cove and bay. The light was fading fast by this stage and by the time we reached Hells Mouth the search was called off for the night. So the lifeboat crew proceeded back to the station in the dark. Between us, the crew of the five lifeboat stations volunteered 300 hours to search for the missing men in gale force winds and rough seas.
This video shows what the sea state was like on Sunday, the boat it was filmed from is one of the largest boats in the RNLI's fleet. The Severn class lifeboat is 17m (55ft) long. The camera must be at the top of the lifeboat about 20ft above sea level, so you can imagine what it was like for our Atlantic 75 B-Class out there!!
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At 2:51pm on Thursday 1st of September the lifeboat was launched to a vessel taking on water off The Warren beach. We made radio contact and the vessel was already under tow from a nearby boat. Escorted vessel to shore and checked everyone was accounted for and safe. Passed over to Abersoch Coastguard waiting on The Warren beach. Returned to station and prepped for next service.
At 7:39am on Sunday 28th of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of empty kayaks floating out to sea towards St Tudwal's Islands, potential people in the water. Once the lifeboat located the 2 kayaks it was determined that they kayaks were still padlocked together. Therefore it was agreed that they had simple floated off the main beach in the high tides. A mobile number was on the kayak so the Coastguard confirmed this with the owners. Lifeboat returned to station and prepped for next service.
At 6:41pm on Saturday 27th of August minutes after finishing the previous service and cleaning the boat we were alerted to reports of a group of children cut off by the tide at Llanbedrog headland. The lifeboat crew soon located the 4 children who had been there for sometime before we were alerted. Once the children and their mountain bikes were brought onto the lifeboat they were returned to The Warren beach to liaise with the Coastguard.
At 5:13pm on Saturday 27th of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of a person separated from their kayak in Aberdaron Bay towards the east side. Lifeboat was launched and RAF Rescue 122 was scrambled. The lifeboat arrived on the scene followed by rescue 122, the person was located to be safe and well. He was snorkeling next to his kayak, all emergency service stood down and returned to station.
At 6:58pm on Monday 22nd of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of a vessel on the rocks near the old lifeboat station. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat located a 16ft RIB with its cover still on beached close to the rocks, but with an anchor attached. No persons were on board, the harbour master had put an anchor on the vessel as it must have broken off its moorings. We attached a tow line and pulled it out to re-float, once alongside we secured it to a mooring. The coastguard will be in touch with the owners via its reg number.
At 2:08pm on Saturday 20th of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of a dingy needing assistance which was currently under tow from a jet ski in the Porth Tocyn area, approximately 800m from the beach. The lifeboat launched to provide assistance, on arrival at the scene the dingy and crew were safely ashore.
At 12:39pm on Friday 19th of August the lifeboat was launched to investigate and provide possible medical assistance to a vessel which was not responding to coastguard communications. The 28ft vessel was reported to be anchored off Llech-y-doll, on arrival at the scene no vessel was found, only a few other boats in various other directions. The lifeboat liaised with the other nearby vessels, neither of them were moored in that location. No flotsam and jetsam could be seen so we were returned to station.
At 4:20pm on Thursday 18th of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of a missing kayaker around St Tudwals sound. The lifeboat was immediately on scene and about to commence a search when the coastguard had been notified that all kayakers from that group were now safely ashore. Lifeboat returned to station for wash, refuel and prep for next service.
At 5:39pm on Thursday 11th of August just before the annual raft race the lifeboat was launched to reports of a person with a broken leg on main beach. Once launched we were directed to Macros launching slipway where coastguards were already on scene. The fisherman had slipped on rocks and had a closed fracture of his left leg just above the ankle. Splinted, put in stretcher and transfer to waiting ambulance. Good team work between lifeboat and coastguard in evacuating the male casualty to hospital.
At 1:30pm on Monday 8th of August the lifeboat was launched to reports of 2 children in the water after their inflatable dingy capsized and blew out to sea in offshore winds. We located the 2 children who were still in the water, very tired and cold without lifejackets, along with a man who was windsurfing nearby who stopped to help them. All three of them were holding onto the windsurf board, we brought the children on board the lifeboat and took them to the beach to the waiting coastguard.
A big thanks from the two boys and Abersoch RNLI to the windsurfer who spotted them and stayed to help. It could have been a very different story.
At 1.58pm on Tuesday 2nd of August, the lifeboat was launched to search for 3 missing children at Aberdaron. Its believed that the children were "tomb-stoning", on arrival at Aberdaron we commenced a search of the east side of Aberdaron beach. RAF Rescue 122 were also scrambled from RAF Valley in Anglesey. 2 children were located by the coastguard and a short time later the lifeboat crew spotted the 3rd child clinging to the rocks. All children were safely recovered and the lifeboat returned to station.
At 10.58am on Saturday 9th of July, we launched to an 18 ft powerboat that had run aground on Carreg y Trai. On arrival the boat had managed to re-float and start its engines with no damaged caused and was already making its way back to Pwllheli marina.
At 9.30pm on Saturday 18th of June, we launched to reports of 2 people in the water off the Yacht Club (SCYC) with little more information. On arrival at the scene one person was still in the water struggling to swim, the other had made it ashore safely. The intoxicated casualty was lifted into the lifeboat & returned to the station. It was later discovered that they had flipped the small boat they were in, so the lifeboat relaunched to secure the vessel and remove its small engine.
The lifeboat was then cleaned and prepped to be ready for service again.
At 13:42 on Monday 13th June, the lifeboat launched to reports of a broken down vessel in Bardsey Sound. On arrival at the scene we set up a tow and commenced towing the 25 ft vessel. The tow was transferred to Pwllheli ALB off Cilan head. With Pwllheli completing the tow back to Pwllheli Marina. Thank you to Pwllheli ALB for their help in this service. We arrived back at station at approx. 16:15.
At 2.31pm on Tuesday 7th of June, the lifeboat was launched to reports of a capsized sailing vessel which was taking on water fast with two persons in the water, location Abersoch moorings.
On arrival at the scene the 14ft Enterprise was already righted but was still taking on water, the two males onboard were tired and cold but safe. A tow was rigged, casualties put onboard the lifeboat and the sailing boat was towed back towards the station.
At 4.16pm on Monday 30th of May, the lifeboat was launched to an 18ft powerboat with four people on board, 2 and a half miles South East of St Tudwals Islands. Vessel was taken under tow back to Abersoch Harbour beach.
At 2.50pm on Monday 23rd of May, Abersoch RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched to assist a canoeist who had got into difficulties in strong westerly winds. The canoeist had launched from the relatively sheltered Machros end of the main beach and although well equipped, appears to have underestimated the strength of the wind that was blowing only a short distance from the shore. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the canoeist was in the water and had been unable to get back into his canoe and was in the process of being blown towards Llanbedrog. The Abersoch Lifeboat crew returned the canoeist and his canoe to the beach. Winds had been gale force during the morning in Abersoch and were blowing force 6 during the afternoon with higher gusts.
At 14.30 on Tuesday 26th of April, the lifeboat crew were paged to launch to reports of a kayaker in trouble, the crew assembled and the lifeboat was leaving the station when we were tasked to stand down. Person(s) were reported to be back safely ashore already, so the lifeboat was returned to station before entering the water.
16:48 Later the same day the lifeboat was tasked to a sailing vessel in difficulties 2 miles south of Wylfa head with 2 persons on board. The sailing vessel was towed to Abersoch bay moorings where the boat was secured for the night. The two people on board and their tender were brought back safely to the lifeboat station.
At approximately 9pm on Thursday 22nd of April, whilst on route back from a training exercise, we were diverted to search Abersoch Bay after reports of a red flare being sighted. After a search with help from Abersoch Coastguard it was believed to be a Chinese lantern and all crews stood down. Launched in good faith.
At 1.33pm on Saturday 12th of February, the lifeboat had its first shout of 2011. We were tasked to search for a surfer who was dragged out to sea by a rip tide, reported to be south east of Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth). A RAF Seaking helicopter rescue 122 was also tasked to the service. Reports later came in that the surfer had made it ashore safely so the Lifeboat and Rescue 122 were requested to stand down and return to station to be prepared for the next service.