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Holyhead crew tow yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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