Rib tow for Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI inshore lifeboat attended a call out on Friday (20 October) when a small vessel suffered mechanical failure.

Michael Thomas

Holyhead RNLI volunteers attending the scene at Holyhead breakwater

The 15ft rib, with two people on board, was just short of Holyhead breakwater when she got into difficulties, and contacted the UK Coastguard for assistance shortly before 1.30pm.

The Holyhead RNLI volunteers launched and were very quickly on scene, and were assisted by a nearby Smit training vessel. The stricken rib was towed to Holyhead Sailing Club slipway.

Coxswain at Holyhead Lifeboat Station Tony Price said the sailors had been well equipped and the incident had simply been unfortunate for those involved.

The lifeboat was back at the station by 2pm where she was prepared for service.

Michael Thomas

Local vessels assisted the RNLI at the scene

Michael Thomas

A nearby Smit vessel also assisted

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