Easter Monday Call For Holyhead RNLI
Volunteers from Holyhead RNLI were tasked this afternoon (Monday 22 April) to rescue a drifting vessel with two people on board.
The initial call, at 5pm, cited that the 21ft craft had suffered engine failure, and was approximately one mile west of the Holyhead breakwater, and was in danger of being carried further away by the tide.
Four members of the town’s volunteer lifeboat crew set off in the D-class inshore lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper, and sped to the location.
By the time the lifeboat reached the casually craft and her occupants, they had been swept further along the coast, and were situated between North Stack and South Stack.
A crew member was put aboard the casualty vessel, quickly established a tow, and both boats then headed back to safety. The casualty vessel was brought back to her own mooring within Holyhead harbour.
The lifeboat then returned to station shortly before 7pm, and was prepared for any further service.
Spokesperson for Holyhead RNLI, Vicki Owens said:
‘The two people on board had been on a fishing excursion in their vessel. They were correctly equipped with lifejackets, flares and means of calling for help. They did exactly the right thing in calling for help as soon as they got into difficulty, as it is very easy to be swept out to sea, even on a calm day.’
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.