Holyhead RNLI Christmas party interrupted by pagers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from the Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat had their annual Christmas meal celebrations interrupted to respond to a shout on Saturday night (December 10).

The inshore lifeboat was launched just after 7.30pm to assist a yacht with engine failure, which had been trying to enter the harbour. The 32ft vessel, with four people on board, was drifting less than a mile from Anglesey Aluminium jetty.

The all-weather lifeboat was also put on standby, but the inshore lifeboat managed to tow the yacht, despite a slight swell and a south-westerly 3-4 wind, back to the marina, arriving back at 9.30pm, when the lifeboat was prepared for service.

Holyhead deputy launch authority David Owens said: ‘The lifeboat volunteers were concerned that the stricken vessel may be in danger of running aground at Llanfwrog, but due to their quick response they were able to locate and tow the yacht back to safety.

‘Proof if it were needed of the dedication of the volunteer crews, who missed out on their Christmas pudding to come to the aid of others!’

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For more information contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer on 07531 681409.

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