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LIFEBOAT TO RESCUE - AT THE DOUBLE.

A FOREIGN yachtsman had to be rescued after his anchorless craft got into difficulty twice within nine hours.

Llandudno's inshore lifeboat twice went to the aid of The Windbag, a 24ft fin-keel yacht, after he had called for assistance at around 9.40pm on Wednesday night.

Unable to enter Rhos-on-Sea harbour and without anchoring equipment, he moored up to Rhos's wrecking buoy until inshore crew arrived.

Having got the yacht to Llandudno Bay, the crew then had to borrow anchoring gear from Llandudno Sailing Club for the hapless sailor.

A strengthening wind overnight meant the boat's anchor was dragged shoreward, grounding the vessel at low water.

At 6.40am Llandudno's inshore crew were dispatched once again to help out and the long process of refloating the yacht began.

It was then taken to Beacons jetty at Conwy, where it was moored.

It's not clear where the unnamed, unprepared seafarer was headed to or originated from but it seems he had already asked for assistance from Liverpool Coastguard earlier in the week.

Spokesperson for Llandudno RNLI, Alan Sharp, said: "Today's six-hour service by the inshore lifeboat was an exceptionally long one for this class of lifeboat, and the operation to refloat the yacht from its position on the sand proved to be a difficult one.

"Happily the satisfactory final outcome to the missions was a pleasing reward for the efforts of all the RNLI volunteers involved, ashore and afloat."

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The Llandudno lifeboat the the scene of the rescue PIC: LUKE HERITAGE/RNLI

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 19, 2015
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