Holyhead RNLI Rescue Irish Fishing Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crew were called out today (Saturday 29 September) to reports of a vessel in distress 21 miles north west of the Holyhead coast.

Michael Thomas

Holyhead ALB returning to shore with the stricken Irish vessel

Pagers sounded just after 8am, after a call to the UK coastguard citing a 10-metre Irish potting vessel with two people on board suffering mechanical failure, and drifting in the Irish Sea.

Holyhead’s volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce from her current berth within the inner harbour, and headed to the scene.

On reaching the stricken boat, crews set about performing a tow, and headed back towards Holyhead.

After five hours at sea, the lifeboat returned with the craft and her crew, and after ensuring all were well, the fishermen set off to return to Ireland on the next ferry, leaving their vessel to be repaired locally.

Holyhead coxswain Tony Price said:

‘The casualty craft and her crew were well-equipped. It’s always a shame for any craft or persons in difficulty, but it’s particularly sad when a vessel is earning her living from the sea, and we wish our Irish fishermen friends a speedy return to normality after their misfortune.’

He added,

‘I’d also like to send thanks to the local coastguard teams for helping with mooring the craft safely back in Holyhead.’

RNLI/Scott Devine

View of the tow from Holyhead ALB

RNLI/Scott Devine

The stricken craft being towed to Holyhead

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