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Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew assist local boat in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI lifeboat was called out today (Sunday 4 June) to go to the aid of a local vessel in difficulties.

RNLI/Vicki Owens

The 40ft ketch, with five people on board, suffered mechanical failure two miles from the Skerries as she made her way back from the Isle of Man TT races.

Holyhead RNLI’s relief all-weather lifeboat, the Osier, launched with the volunteer crew just after 3.30pm, and on reaching the stricken craft, successfully towed the vessel back to Holyhead Marina, arriving back at 7pm. The lifeboat was then prepared for service.

Coxswain Tony Price said the crew of the boat had done the correct thing calling for help.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures, which should be credited to RNLI/Vicki Owens, show the station's relief all-weather lifeboat recovering the casualty vessel.

For more information please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

RNLI/Vicki Owens

RNLI/Vicki Owens

RNLI/Vicki Owens

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