Late Saturday night call for Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called to assist a yacht in distress at 11.25pm last night (Saturday, 2 September).

The 36ft vessel, with one sailor on board, was suffering from mechanical problems three miles from North Stack.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse, Holyhead coastguard paged the volunteer crew to launch the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce.

On reaching the stricken yacht, two RNLI volunteers went on board to assist securing her to the lifeboat. A safe tow was then made back to the marina at Holyhead, arriving back at 2am, where the lifeboat was berthed and made ready for service.

Holyhead Deputy Launching Authority David Owens said the right call had been made to the coastguard, and thankfully both the experienced yachtsman and volunteer crew all returned safely.

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For further information, please contact Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer Vicki Owens on 07531 681409.

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