Moelfre and Holyhead Crews Called To Yacht in Trouble
Moelfre and Holyhead RNLI lifeboat crews were both called to attend a vessel in distress off the Anglesey coast today (Thursday April 18)
The Moelfre volunteers were initially called at 1pm, and launched at 1.10, to the 35-foot steel yacht suffering steering failure during a passage from Bangor to Holyhead. They attended in the all-weather lifeboat
Kiwi, and established a tow of the vessel, and made towards Holyhead. Sea conditions were moderate, with force 5-6 easterly gusts.
The Holyhead volunteers were paged shortly before 2pm to assist, and took over the tow in Holyhead Bay, just off Carmel Head. A crew member was placed above the stricken vessel, to enable a smooth transfer of the tow, and the Moelfre crew then headed back to resume their sea safety watch, where they were back and ready for service at 4.10pm.
Holyhead’s all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce towed the vessel to safety onto her own mooring within the port of Holyhead, arriving back at 4.30pm.
Holyhead coxswain Tony Price sad the vessel had been in good condition, and the 2-person crew were well equipped with lifejackets. He said they had simply been unlucky in suffering steering problems.
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910, or 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, in a normal year, 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.