Holyhead crew tow yacht to safety
Holyhead RNLI lifeboat was called to assist a vessel in distress this evening (Friday June 9).
The call came from the coastguard at 5.10pm, citing a 13ft yacht with engine failure, one mile from the end of Holyhead Breakwater.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 5.20pm, and headed towards the scene. On passing the breakwater, it transpired the stricken boat, with three people on board, was in fact three miles out. The volunteer crew tried unsuccessfully to contact the yacht en route to the location. Another passing vessel had tried unsuccessfully to assist, and itself was now suffering some issues as a result. The volunteer crew managed to establish a tow, and brought the yacht back to Holyhead marina.
The all-weather lifeboat then offered assistance to the second vessel, but was stood down, as its crew were able to return to the shore without help.The lifeboat was returned to the station at 7.15pm and was prepared for service.
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.