Holyhead Lifeboat Crew Assist Stricken Yacht
A yacht in distress, in rough seas, led to Holyhead lifeboat crew being called out on Saturday (September 9th.)
HM Coastguard paged the RNLI volunteer crew at 2.40pm and the all-weather lifeboat
Christopher Pearce was launched.
The 42ft yacht, Blue Magic, with three people on board, was suffering from electrical and engine failure. Initial reports said the vessel was approximately a mile from South Stack, but it was soon established by the lifeboat crew that she was in fact nearer seven miles out to sea.
Despite the rough weather, the lifeboat reached the scene by 3.30pm and a tow was attempted. Due to the difficult conditions, the tow initially broke, and had to be re-established before the journey back to shore could commence.
The tow was difficult; as well as the gusty conditions the yacht's sail was unable to be lowered; but eventually the lifeboat and yacht returned to the marina at Holyhead by approximately 7pm.
RNLI media contact
For more information contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer on 07531 681409.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.