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Moelfre and Holyhead RNLI work together to assist vessel in gale force winds

Lifeboats News Release

Moelfre and Holyhead RNLI volunteers were called out in force six conditions last night (Monday) as they launched to assist a vessel with six persons on board.

Moelfre RNLI all-weather lifeboat Kiwi

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Moelfre RNLI all-weather lifeboat

Moelfre volunteers got the call for help at 8:05pm to launch the Tamar class lifeboat to assist a 26ft bayliner. The vessel was suffering from machinery failure off Wilma Head. The volunteers made their way over to Wilma Head and established the tow in terrible conditions to assist the vessel.

Due to the challenging conditions it wasn’t possible for the all-weather lifeboat to tow the vessel over to Amlwch Port. At this point Holyhead RNLI were paged at 8:51pm to launch the all-weather lifeboat to help escort Moelfre lifeboat and the casualty vessel into Holyhead. Holyhead volunteers launched the lifeboat in gusts reaching 40 knots from the north, then took over the tow of the 26ft vessel and safely guided her to the safety of the marina.

Moelfre lifeboat then made its way back down the coast and the lifeboat arrived back at station at 11:50pm.

Moelfre Relief Coxswain, Martin Jones said:

‘This service was a great example of lifeboat stations working together in difficult conditions to help those in trouble at sea. We would urge everyone going out to sea to please plan your passage carefully before you set off on your journey; check the weather in advance and plan for every circumstance because things can easily change.’

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