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Iwan HughesVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboats News Release
Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat assists yacht
Pwllheli's RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched on Monday evening to assist a yacht which was drifting towards the shore.
The 37ft vessel with two people on board suffered engine failure around a mile south of the town and an attempt was made to lay the anchor but the rope entangled in the propellor.The lifeboat was launched soon after 10pm after flares were sighted being fired from the yacht.
A strong south westerly wind was pushing the yacht towards Gimblet Rock and it was around half a mile from the rock when located by the all weather lifeboat. The vessel, which was on passage from Pwllheli to Cork, was towed to the marina by the RNLI lifeboat.
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For more information please telephone Iwan Hughes, Lifeboat Press Officer at Pwllheli on 07899954031. Alternatively, contact Eleri Davies, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829.
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