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Night rescue call for Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew were called out late last night (Wednesday November 8th) to a yacht in distress.

The UK Coastguard paged the volunteer crew just after 10.30pm, citing a vessel suffering mechanical difficulties 14 miles out to sea. The all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce launched quickly and headed to the location.

The 12m yacht, with three people on board, had suffered engine failure, backed up by a rigging issue which meant she could not be brought in by her sail.

The lifeboat reached the troubled craft shortly before midnight, and quickly established a tow after helping the crew out with the rigging issue.

Welfare checks were carried out every 15 minutes en route back to Holyhead Marina, as one of the vessel’s crew was feeling unwell, but everyone returned safely, reaching the marina shortly before 2.20am.

After a crew debrief and preparing the lifeboat for service, crews returned to their beds at approximately 3.20am.

Holyhead RNLI Coxswain Tony Price said the yacht’s crew had been well prepared with correct equipment, and had shown great consideration calling for assistance early.

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For more information please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Media Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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