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Holyhead RNLI lifeboat launches to assist stricken local vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI volunteer crew responded to a request from HM Coastguard of a yacht possibly taking on water on Saturday afternoon (10 September).

The call came shortly after 2pm, and the RNLI all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce was launched to a 33ft local vessel within Holyhead Bay, with two persons on board.

On reaching the destination, two other local vessels were already at the scene, assisting the stricken boat.  The Holyhead lifeboat was able to tow the yacht back to the harbour, where a maintenance check was then carried out.

Second coxswain Tony Price praised the quick-thinking ‘good Samaritan’ boats for their actions.
‘It’s thanks to them that the situation was dealt with so quickly; and it shows what a good local seafaring community we have. It was great that they took the time out to help another craft.’

‘We were also pleased to see that all those on board the vessel were wearing lifejackets, including the West Highland Terrier who was also aboard!’ he added.

The crew returned to station at 3.30pm and the lifeboat was made ready for service.

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