Pwllhelli Lifeboat Gives Assistance to Swamped RIB

The Leslie and Peter Downes RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) at Pwllheli was launched shortly before 7pm after the 16ft boat with three adults and three children on board ran into difficulty close to the shoreline.

It is understood that the boat was deliberately beached to ensure the safety of the people onboard after the craft filled up with water due to the heavy surf that was breaking on the beach. All people onboard managed to safely abandon the boat onto the beach uninjured but suffered from the effects of the cold.

They were taken to the lifeboat station by the Coastguard land team, who also attended the incident. The ILB stood by should assistance be required and a decision was made to put the craft on its trailer on the beach and transport it by road.

Last week, both Pwllheli’s RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched on Thursday evening (20 Aug) following reports of a missing child on the beach at Penychain. Much to the relief of both volunteer lifeboat crews and family and friends of the missing child, the child was found safe and well ashore soon after the ILB arrived at the scene and so both lifeboats returned to the station.