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Holyhead RNLI lifeboat launches to cyclists trapped on breakwater in gales.

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Ray Steadman
Lifeboat Press Officer at Holyhead.

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Ray Steadman

Holyhead Coastguard requested launch of the Holyhead inshore lifeboat to assist two local men on Holyhead breakwater in horrendous seas.

With waves crashing over the top of the lighthouse, Holyhead's lifeboat launched in gale force conditions to assist the pair who had cycled to the end of the breakwater.

A volunteer RNLI crew member clambered on to the breakwater to ask the pair to return by lifeboat, but they decided to make their own way back.

Along with local Coastguard teams, Paramedics and Ambulance crews, RNLI volunteers offered assistance to bring the pair to safety.

The inshore lifeboat crew stood by and followed them to their way to waiting Coastguards. They were then taken to Holyhead Lifeboat Station by road and handed over to the Ambulance crews.

The call was co-ordinated by Holyhead Coastguard.

Media Contacts
For further information, please contact Ray Steadman, Lifeboat Press Officer for Holyhead on 07867 506939 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager in Wales on on 07786 668829.

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