01/07/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/07/2018 16:58
Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to immediately launch on Sunday afternoon (7th January) by UK Coastguard, to reports of a vessel on fire up river from the lifeboat station.
RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew, shortly after being paged at 2.48pm.
Whilst approaching the vessel, smoke could be seen coming from the vessel and it was apparent that she was nearing ignition. The lifeboat crew were able to safely rig up a tow and proceeded to make best speed to Conwy Marina.
Whilst on passage to Conwy Marina, Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team and two North Wales Fire and Rescue Service appliances were setting up firefighting and safety equipment on the marina pontoons, ready for the arrival of the lifeboat and casualty vessel.
On arrival to Conwy Marina outside waiting pontoon, the lifeboat handed over the vessel to the shore side emergency services, who were able check the vessel and deem that there was now no further risk of fire.
Following this, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew made their way back to station, where they arrived at 3.51pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service
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