Early Start for Holyhead Crew

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early start for Holyhead RNLI volunteer crew this morning, Monday April 10, after a call came shortly before 7am to launch the all-weather lifeboat.

The volunteer crew set out on board the Christopher Pearce, to assist a 52 tonne, 21 metre commercial vessel which had suffered a power failure 1 mile north west of the Holyhead Breakwater.

The vessel, which had two people on board, had travelled from Newlyn in Cornwall, and was just short of her final destination of Holyhead port when the power was lost.

The RNLI lifeboat attended, and towed the stricken vessel to safety.

The lifeboat was fully returned and prepared for service by 8.30am

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