YACHT DRIFTED FOR 30 MILES

Un­manned ves­sel picked up in ship­ping lane af­ter com­ing loose from moor­ing:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Evans

AYACHT came loose from its moor­ing on An­gle­sey and floated for 30 miles into a ma­jor ship­ping lane.

RNLI vol­un­teers had to race 12 miles off the coast of Rhyl to pull the un­manned ves­sel from the wa­ter af­ter it trav­elled from Red Wharf Bay around the coast and out to sea.

The boat, which had origi- nally been re­ported stolen by its owner, was found close to the Dou­glas oil plat­form and was pulled back to shore by vol­un­teers.

Rhyl RNLI lifeboat coxswain Martin Jones said the con­se­quences could have been far worse.

He said: “Al­though there were no ca­su­al­ties on the yacht, it could have been a dif­fer­ent story if an­other ves­sel struck the yacht in the busy ship­ping lanes.

“As such, the boat was pre­sent­ing a dan­ger to ship­ping.

“We are just glad to re­unite the ves­sel with her owner.”

Rhyl’s RNLI crew were called out to the scene at around mid­day last Mon­day by the UK Coast­guard.

The drift­ing ves­sel was re­ported by Vos In­spirer, the ship which guards the Dou­glas plat­form.

A spokesman added: “The ves­sel was also in the mid­dle of the busy ship­ping lanes at the ap­proaches to Liver­pool, and had already trav­elled some 30 miles from where it was moored.

“The vol­un­teer lifeboat crew launched the re­lief all­weather lifeboat The Lin­colnshire Poacher and pro­ceeded at full speed to the com­plex, nav­i­gat­ing through the Gwynt y Môr wind farm, reach­ing the lo­ca­tion about an hour later.

“The sup­port ves­sel (the Vor In­spirer) had launched their daugh­ter boat, and were us­ing this to pre­vent the yacht get­ting any closer to the com­plex.

“Once on scene, a lifeboat crew mem­ber was put on board, and the yacht was taken in tow back to Rhyl.

“The tow took about an­other two hours.”

The spokesman added that the owner of the boat was then con­tacted, who ar­rived and moved the yacht to De­ganwy Ma­rina.

Pic­ture: RNLI/PAUL FROST

RNLI crews reach the yacht on Mon­day

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