Holyhead lifeboat in dramatic harbour rescue
Holyhead RNLI inshore lifeboat was involved in a dramatic harbour rescue late on Tuesday afternoon (June 6)
The call came via HM Coastguard at 3.45pm after members of the public reported a boat in trouble on the rocks at the end of the breakwater.
The inshore lifeboat was launched immediately and the three crew sped to the scene, arriving just three minutes after the call.
A grandfather and his five year old grandson, in a 25ft sea ray, had been driven onto the rocks after becoming snagged up in lobster pots in blustery sea conditions. In a huge stroke of luck, walkers who were on the breakwater nearby, spotted the stricken craft, made the call to the coastguard, and climbed down onto rocks to help.The grandfather was able to pass his grandson to them, where he was taken to safety. The Holyhead coastguard team arrived quickly and took care of the child while the lifeboat assisted his grandfather and the stranded boat.
After an unsuccessful attempt to tow the boat away from the rocks, a decision was made to transfer a lifeboat crew member onto the stricken craft to connect the tow rope. The inshore lifeboat then, at full power, managed to pull the boat off the rocks and began towing back towards the shore.
Due to the damage sustained by the vessel she was beginning to sink during the tow, so permission was obtained from Trinity Marine to use their slipway to bring her ashore quickly.
The grandfather and his grandson, who were shaken but otherwise unhurt, were safely reunited at the slipway by the coastguard team.
Coxswain Tony Price, who took part in the rescue, said the incident showed how even an experienced seafarer, as the grandfather was, can get into difficulties.
Highlighting the fast response of both the RNLI crew and the coastguard team, he also stressed the importance of always wearing lifejackets, even in the harbour area.
'It could have ended much worse than it did. It was very lucky that members of the public were nearby and made the call, and then helped get the little boy to safety' he said.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the station at 5.30pm where she was prepared for service.
The all-weather lifeboat was also placed on standby during the incident but did not need to be used.
Notes to editor
Attached is a video of the rescue. Please credit: Brendan Maguire / Holyhead Coastguard
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For more information contact Holyhead lifeboat station on 01407 762583 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI PR Manager on 07771 941390 / Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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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, in a normal year, 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.