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Stranded catamaran sailor summons help with flares

Abersoch lifeboat

A single sailor on board a stranded catamaran that suffered a broken mast in Wales one afternoon in May, fired flares to alert rescuers.

Abersoch RNLI volunteers launched in rough seas to aid the 16-foot catamaran that had lost its mast off the Warren beach.

The sailor anchored the vessel and fired two red flares, which were seen and the coastguard notified. Abersoch inshore lifeboat towed the stricken vessel to the safety of the Warren beach where a trailer retrieved it.

As the UK sailing season starts in earnest, the RNLI reminds sailors to check all kit thoroughly and undertake checklists to ensure they have all the adequate safety equipment.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree.

Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services.

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in its museums, shops and offices.

The main image is from the RNLI Abersoch website.
May 16, 2017