Holyhead RNLI Rescue Drifting Jet Ski

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out on service late this afternoon (Sunday 22 July) after a personal watercraft ( jet ski ) got into difficulties.

The two people on board the jet ski had called the coastguard after they suffered mechanical failure, and started to drift out to sea, carried by the breeze.

The call came in at 4.45pm, citing the pair were between Holyhead Breakwater and the Porthnamarch area. The inshore lifeboat volunteer crew launched immediately and began looking for the jet ski and its passengers, eventually locating them quarter of a mile out from North Stack.

The jet ski’s motor had failed, and the occupants had immediately realised the need to call for assistance.

On reaching the two people, it was quickly ascertained that they had come to no harm, and needed help returning to the shore.

The inshore lifeboat then towed the stricken jet ski back to the Bolsach area of Newry Beach, and then returned to station at 6.15pm, and was made ready for any further service.

RNLI volunteer helm Dave Roberts praised the pair for acting quickly when they realised they were in trouble:

‘They did exactly the right thing calling for help, as it's very easy to be carried out with the conditions, and they realised that immediately. They were well prepared with lifejackets and means of calling for help.’

For more information, contact Vicki Owens, Lifeboat Press Officer, Holyhead Lifeboat Station, on 075310681409, or @vickilou11@gmail.com


RNLI volunteers towing the stricken jet ski

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RNLI Holyhead inshore lifeboat returning to shore at Holyhead

RNLI/Vicki Owens

The Holyhead volunteer crew returning to station after rescuing the stranded jet ski

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The Holyhead inshore lifeboat is washed down by volunteers after service on 22 July

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