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Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew and helicopter in evacuation of ill sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI lifeboat was launched last evening (Monday 22 May) after a man fell ill on board his sailing boat.

Holyhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce

Ian Thomas

Holyhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce

The station’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce launched at 6.25pm after the man, who was sailing for the port of Holyhead, had become ill and made the correct decision to call for help.

Due to the vessel’s location a large tanker diverted from its course to shelter the stricken craft and once the lifeboat arrived minutes later one volunteer crew member was transferred onto the boat with the lone sailor.

The sailor was able to rest while the lifeboat crew took the 27ft vessel in tow, but about 20 minutes into the tow the crew member aboard reported the sailor’s condition was worsening and he was developing chest pains and breathing issues, so the tow was released and the lifeboat went back alongside to transfer another crew member aboard with more medical equipment.

The casualty’s condition continued to worsen and the need for an immediate evacuation of was needed, so another transfer was made of the lone sailor to the lifeboat and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter was called in to airlift the him direct to hospital.

Once the man had been flown off to hospital, two lifeboat crew members brought the boat into Holyhead, escorted by Holyhead lifeboat.

Tony Price, Holyhead RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘All at Holyhead RNLI are hoping the man made a swift recovery.’

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The attached picture is a stock shot of Holyhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce. Credit Ian Thomas

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