Night call for Holyhead lifeboat crew
Holyhead lifeboat crew were raised from their beds overnight after a call out to a yacht in trouble.
HM Coastguard paged the volunteer crew at 2am Friday morning (July 28) after the 15 metre sailing vessel, with two French crew on board, reported engine failure seven miles north of Holyhead.
The yacht had been swept off-course by the strong winds and north flowing tide.
Co-ordinated by Holyhead Coastguard, the lifeboat crew reached the vessel and towed her safely back to Holyhead Marina, returning back at 4.30am.
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.