Morning Call for Holyhead Crew

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early morning call for Holyhead RNLI when pagers sounded at 7.30am today (Tuesday April 23).

RNLI/Simon Price

The stricken potting vessel on tow from Holyhead's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce

A 10 meter commercial potting vessel, with two people on board, was suffering engine failure three miles off the coast at Aberffraw. UK coastguard co-ordinated the operation, and Holyhead’s all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce and her volunteer crew headed to the location.

On arrival at the scene, a tow was quickly established, and the ALB headed back to the fishing dock with the stricken vessel.

The lifeboat was back at her berth just after 10.30am, where she was prepared for any further service.

The call was Holyhead’s fifth since Thursday.

For any further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or email

RNLI/Simon Price

RNLI/Russ Clarke

Holyhead volunteers receive some on-the-job training from coxswain Tony Price

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