Moelfre’s volunteer crew were warned last night (08/27/2021) of information about a broken down fishing boat that could drift on the rocks under the cliffs of Bull Bay.
The RNLI volunteer team was loaded at 6:50 p.m. and assembled at the rescue station. Further information was received that the victim, an 18-foot fishing boat, was drifting over the rocks about 100 meters northeast of ‘Y Crochan’, a large harvest of rocks. near Bull Bay after suffering a machinery failure. The owner had managed to deploy his anchor, but the ship was only a few yards from hitting the rocks at the base of the cliff.
The RNLI All Weather Lifeboat Kiwi was on the water and underway in less than 10 minutes and made the best north speed, during which RNLI crewmembers Mike Hughes-Roberts and Rob Jeffrey prepared the Lifeboats Class Y daughter boat for deployment. Once there, the Cemaes Bay Coast Guard team monitored the situation ashore, as the Y-boat and its crew were deployed. As time was running out, the remaining crew prepared the tow ropes for towing / bow recovery due to the nature and proximity to the base of the cliffs.
The crashed vessel was within 5 meters of the rocks and, with a swell caused by the northeast winds, its anchor chain was strained and there were concerns that it might break down. As the Y-Boat approached the victim, the bow of the lifeboats was positioned at a throw distance, ready to pass the bow tow if necessary.
RNLI volunteer Y-Boat coxswain Mike Hughes-Roberts maneuvered alongside and slipped a rope over the bow of the ship. Once secured, the Y-Boat quickly pulled the ship off the rocks into clear water. The owner said he took off from the Bull Bay slipway, so due to the short distance and ebb tide it was agreed that the Y-Boat would perform the short tow to the slipway and would be waiting for members of the Coast Guard team. Once safe on the beach, the Y-boat was recovered, and the crew returned to Moelfre and relocated at 8:20 p.m.
Backup coxswain Martin Jones (Rhyl) said:
âIt was a critical rescue in time; the ship was only minutes away from hitting the rocks and who knows what would have happened. The owner did well to ask for help as soon as possible. The crew did a fantastic job, not only did they get the Y-boat launched and underway in seconds, but they also worked simultaneously to prepare for the bow tow in case something went wrong. The owner’s swift actions in deploying his anchor ultimately saved the ship and her crew. We urge anyone going to sea this weekend on boats or any other type of watercraft to ensure that you have the correct and proper equipment and means to call for help, we also thank Holyhead and Cemaes Coastguard for rescue coordination. ”
For more information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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