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Four men have been rescued by the Porthdinllaen Tamar class lifeboat in rough seas and strong winds near Bardsey Island.
Holyhead coastguard received a distress call at 22.30pm from the skipper of 'Cesca' saying his boat was taking in water fast and they were in danger of sinking.
The Porthdinllaen lifeboat arrived on the scene to find the four men had abandoned their boat and were in a liferaft. A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley arrived and the four were winched aboard and flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd.
The lifeboat stayed on scene for a another hour when the ‘Cesca’ finally sank in deep water approximately one mile North West of Bardsey Island.
It’s often a difficult judgement call for any Captain to call for assistance and even more difficult to leave his vessel, which is his livelihood.
By calling for assistance when he did the Captain of the ‘Cesca’ gave the rescue services time to get on scene and try and save his vessel.
Although they did have to abandon ship he and his crew are safe and well this morning.
The number of people rescued by Welsh RNLI lifeboats in 2014 is at its highest since 2006, statistics out today show.
The RNLI charity has today announced 1,244 people were rescued in 2014 - an 8% increase on the previous year.
Rhyl was the busiest lifeboat station in north Wales and the second busiest of all the RNLI's 30 lifeboat stations.
The volunteer crew launched 61 times and rescued a total of 73 people.
The busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl, with 73 launches.
'We are definitely seeing more people out and about visiting the beautiful Welsh coastline, whether to walk the coastal paths or take part in more adventurous activities.
'Our message to the public has always been to visit the coast as a group, rather than go it alone. Consequently, more people were rescued than ever before.
'Instead of attempting to bring themselves to safety, people are recognising the need to dial 999 much quicker and as a result our volunteer crews have been exceptionally busy.'
Machinery failure remains the most popular cause of a lifeboat launch with 230 launches of this nature in 2014.
The RNLI advises and encourages people to check their equipment before setting off, especially if it has not been used for long periods.
People becoming cut off by the tide was also a common reason for the launch of a lifeboat, with 130 call-outs to this type of incident during the year.
An inquest has been hearing of the last moments of a twelve year old boy who was washed out to sea at Aberffraw on Anglesey last summer.
Isaac Nash from Huddersfield had been on holiday with his family from Huddersfield.
An inquest returned a verdict of misadventure and said that Isaac probably drowned.
Despite a search, Isaac's body has never been found.
Coastguards say a female sailor was airlifted to hospital after falling ill 11 miles off the Welsh coast in the Bristol Channel.
They were alerted shortly before 8pm last night and contacted the vessel. The lone sailor told them she was seriously ill.
The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat was launched and the helicopter at RAF Chiveneor in Devon was also sent to the scene.
The sailor was flown to Morriston Hospital and the lifeboat crew sailed the yacht to moorings in Swansea Marina.
A celebration is taking place on the Llyn Peninsula as crews at Porthdinllaen RNLI name their new Tamar class lifeboat.
That's not the only thing to cheer about - they're opening the new boathouse and marking 150 years of saving lives at sea.
Since arriving at the station in August 2012, the Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer has launched on service 32 times to help those in trouble at sea.
The lifeboat will be officially named John D Spicer - in memory of the lifeboat’s main benefactor - by TV commentator David Dimbleby.
The £2.7M lifeboat has been funded as a result of generous legacies left to the charity from RNLI supporters.
A new £9.8M boathouse was built to house the new lifeboat and has proven to be a star tourist attraction on the Llyn Peninsula since opening its doors at Easter.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Operations Manager said:
"Today is a very proud day for all involved at Porthdinllaen RNLI; it’s a chance for us all to see how much we have achieved over the last two years and look ahead to the station’s bright future."
A new lifeboat house on the seafront at Llandudno been given the go-ahead by Conwy planners.
Currently the town's lifeboats have to be towed by tractor through the town centre in order to be launched from the North Shore.
But now a new station is set to be built next to the paddling pool at Craig y don to house a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.
There were no dissenting voices at the planning committee meeting although it will be the only large-scale development on the promenade itself.
Previously a move to have a lifeboat station by the pier faced big opposition.
North Wales Police say the search for 12 year-old Isaac Nash who was swept out to sea at Aberffraw on Anglesey will be scaled back.
A week has passed since Isaac from the Huddersfield area went missing off the coast.
An extensive multi-agency search has been carried out of the sea and coastal area over the last seven days, but sadly Isaac has not been found says the force.
Police say they will continue to work with the Coastguard.
The search for missing Isaac Nash is underway off the coast of Anglesey.
It's the fourth day of searching, after the boy was swept out to sea off the coast of Aberffraw, Anglesey, on Friday.
North Wales Police and the Coastguard are searching an area around the west coast of Anglesey.
Specialist Police divers and land borne colleagues are also conducting searches particularly during low tide. We will continue to do all we can for Isaac’s family some of whom are still in the area and are being informed of developments.
Specialist teams are preparing for their fourth day of search for Isaac Nash, who is missing off the coast of Anglesey.
Specialist underwater teams and helicopters are continuing to help in the search.
Isaac, who is from the Huddersfield area, was on holiday with his family at the time of the incident.