Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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14th August 2016

At 10.55am Holyhead Coastguard requested that Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat should launch to assist a broken down pleasure craft.

The 20ft Bayliner type craft, called the Blue Moon, had two people on board and had suffered mechanical failure approximately 10 miles North of Porthdinllaen Point.
The Blue Moon, which had set off earlier in the morning from Portdinorwig for a leisurely fishing trip, had suffered a drive coupling failure on their inboard engine which was not repairable at sea. Weather conditions were sunny with calm seas and only a slight breeze.
Upon arrival, the volunteer lifeboat crew from Porthdinllaen passed over a tow line to the Blue Moon and upon arrival at Porthdinllaen Bay, the boat was placed on a safe mooring.
The lifeboat then returned to the boathouse and was refuelled and ready for service at 12.45pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'The Blue Moon suffered an unavoidable breakdown due to the failure of the engine drive coupling and the only option was to request a tow back to Porthdinllaen.'

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Family donate in memory of father to Porthdinllaen RNLI

The family of the late Cliff Dorrington visited Porthdinllaen RNLI Station recently to present a cheque in memory of their father.

​The family of the late Cliff Dorrington visited Porthdinllaen RNLI Station recently to present a cheque for £2,020 to the charity in memory of their late father. Mr Dorrington's daughter Jane explained:

'Our father who passed away in 2015, was full of admiration of the wonderful lifesaving work the RNLI and its voluntary crews did and was always an avid supporter of the charity. We decided to hold a fundraing evening back in the Midlands with the proceeds of the evening being donated to the RNLI. He was of the opinion that Porthdinllaen was one of the prettiest loctaions he had ever visited.'

Caroline added: 'Our father was born in the Midlands but had lived in Dinas near Morfa Nefyn for the last fifteen years. He was well aware and admired the invaluable work of the volunteers who man the lifeboats around our coast. He had his own yacht moored at Pwllheli, which he would sail regularly in Caernarfon and Cardigan Bay.'

Caroline, Jane and Rosemary visited Porthdinllaen Station and were given in depth tour of the lifeboat and station by members of the local volunteer crew.

Ken Fitzpatrick, Launch Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen, added:

'We are extremely grateful to the family for their generous donation. Crew members gave the family a tour of the boat and station and gave an insight to the work and history here at Porthdinllaen.'

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