Holyhead RNLI lifeboat launches to assist stricken local vessel
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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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.