Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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Latest Shout

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.'

New Boathouse Updates

Bam Nuttall August Newsletter

Dear Sir or Madam,

RNLI Porthdinllaen have received a new Tamar class lifeboat, the introduction of which is strategically key to the RNLI’s rescue service on the northwest coast of Wales. In order to house the new boat, BAM Nuttall in conjunction with the RNLI are undertaking works to construct a new lifeboat station at Porthdinllaen.

The work on site commenced in October 2012 and the new boathouse will be in operation from early 2014. Demolition of the boathouse, slipway, and the re-profiling of rock occurred in 2012. In early 2013, the boathouse foundation piles and walkway sheet piles were installed, and a Ground Source Heat Pump was placed to provide green heating for the new boathouse. In the spring, the precast concrete groundbeams and slabs were placed, and the concrete columns and walls were poured. The internal and external blockwork walls have been erected and the external wall stone facing has started. We have taken commission of a crane and a large jack-up barge to act as a platform from which the installation of the slipway can occur. A new automatic gate has been constructed at the entrance of Nefyn and District Golf Course and netting has been erected at the cliff top to prevent intrusion onto the site by golf balls.

In the next month, we are continuing to face the external walls of the building in stone, and pouring the floor slabs. Works to install drainage and the path to the rear of the building will continue. The placing of the pre cast concrete transoms, which support the slipway, will continue. This means that there are underwater obstructions in the area, and divers working. Therefore it is vital that boat users, including kayaks, and swimmers keep well clear of the lifeboat bay area. We apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.

We are fully aware of the potential for disruption that these works carry and have undertaken extensive planning works prior to our arrival on site. These include the creation of a refuge on the beach to handle all deliveries by sea in order to remove heavy traffic on local roads, and establishing a compound just outside Morfa Nefyn to house the site offices to prevent visual intrusion on the peninsula.

In order to minimise the period of disruption to the bay, we will be working alternate weekends. We will be working on the weekends of 3rd-4th and 16th-17th August 2013, but will not be working during the bank holiday and the weekend proceeding it. We will limit any works creating excessive noise to daylight hours.
Due to the demolition and consequent construction of the lifeboat station, it has been necessary for us to close the public footpath which runs through Lifeboat Bay. A diversion has been created, with steps constructed to take users up to the cliff top at the south end of the lifeboat cove. Public access to the breakwater to the north of the lifeboat station is still possible. Signs have been located where necessary to inform users of the diversion. Please be aware that the lifeboat bay should not be intruded upon due to health and safety.  A viewing and information hut has been erected on the cliff top by the footpath diversion. Inside the hut is a board displaying information about the works, the current progress, images and other pertinent information for public viewing.

Once again I apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.  However, should you have any questions or would like to discuss these or any other matters further please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 913 923.

Yours faithfully
Nuttall John Martin

Lloyd Wickens
Site Agent

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