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Holyhead RNLI crews launch to dinghy in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Both Holyhead RNLI lifeboats were launched this afternoon (Tuesday 20 June) to assist a dinghy in trouble.

Ronnie Roberts

The RNLB Christopher Pearce during tonight's rescue

The call from the UK Coastguard came just after 4.15pm, after the two-person crew and their 14ft vessel were overcome by the tide, two miles east of the Skerries, and called for help.

The D-class inshore lifeboat was launched first, but on reaching the stricken dinghy, which had also lost her rudder, the volunteer crew assessed the tide and wind conditions and requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce in order to tow the craft to safety.

A decision was made to tow the dinghy to Cemaes Bay, which was the closest safe haven.

Both lifeboats were then returned to station and prepared for service.

Notes to editors:

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 chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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