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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

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland