Watch­ful eye open across the coast

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

OVER the sum­mer the Watch­keeper’s at Port­din­l­laen’s Na­tional Coast­watch In­sti­tu­tion sta­tion have con­tin­ued their daily watch for any­one in dif­fi­cul­ties, on land or sea. This sum­mer the ‘stand out’ in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day 29th Au­gust. When, as a di­rect re­sult of in­for­ma­tion supplied by the NCI Watch­keeper, Her Majesty’s Coast­guard (HMCG) Holy­head re­quested the launch­ing of Porthdin­l­laen’s RNLI Ta­mar Class lifeboat to as­sist a ves­sel whose mast had col­lapsed.

The Watch­keeper takes up the story: “Whilst on watch I spot­ted a ves­sel with a white sail about two miles East of the sta­tion. Af­ter scan­ning the hori­zon I re­turned to check on the white sail, but there was no sign of it. I then used more pow­er­ful binoc­u­lars and af­ter much search­ing found what I thought was a white dingy, with its mast and sail ly­ing flat, and two per­sons sit­ting on the hull. The ad­vice to NCI Watch­keep­ers is “bet­ter safe then sorry” so I re­ported what I could see to The Coast­guard, giv­ing them the po­si­tion of the dis­tressed ves­sel. They asked me to main­tain a watch for any changes. Af­ter a short while the crew ap­peared to be wav­ing their arms up and down, the sign of a sailor in dis­tress. I re­ported this to The Coast­guard, to­gether with my con­cern for the crew’s safety, and they de­cided to re­quest the RNLI Porthdin­l­laen lifeboat to in­ves­ti­gate.

Mean­while I con­tin­ued my watch on the dis­tressed ves­sel; and, shortly af­ter­wards, was ap­proached by very wor­ried lady who asked if I had seen a white cata­ma­ran with a white sail. I told her that I had and, fol­low­ing my re­port to the Coast­guard, the lifeboat would soon be on its way to help them. I in­vited her into the sta­tion to ask for more in­for­ma­tion about the ves­sel’s crew, and learned that her hus­band ‘skip­pered’ the ves­sel with her daugh­ter as crew. We were then able to watch the lifeboat be­ing launched and the highly pro­fes­sional RNLI res­cue of her fam­ily.

n the fol­low­ing day, the cata­ma­ran’s lady crew mem­ber vis­ited our Na­tional Coast­watch sta­tion to ex­press their thanks. She told us how re­lieved she was to see the doors of the RNLI Lifeboat Sta­tion open, as their cata­ma­ran was drift­ing help­lessly and she was re­ally be­gin­ning to feel the cold. Also, just how big a Ta­mar Class Lifeboat looks when you’re sit­ting on the hull of a small cata­ma­ran!

This ac­count demon­strates how three of the mem­bers of the Search and Res­cue Or­gan­i­sa­tion co­op­er­ate in an emer­gency. An­other, com­pletely dif­fer­ent, type of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween SAR mem­bers hap­pens reg­u­larly at Ta­farn Pen-y-Bont, SarnMeyllteyrn. Where, on the first Mon­day of the month, the pro­ceeds of a pub quiz, are di­vided be­tween Air Am­bu­lance Wales and Porthdil­laen NCI. NCI Porthdin­l­laen sta­tion al­ways wel­comes new vol­un­teers, so if you’re in­ter­ested please visit the NCI web­site for fur­ther de­tails (click on ‘Find a Sta­tion’).

Ta­mar class lifeboat

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