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Holyhead Inshore Crew Called To Capsized Dinghy

Lifeguards News Release

Holyhead RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out today (Tuesday 13 August) to a dinghy that had capsized.

RNLI/Vicki Owens

Holyhead's inshore lifeboat crew head off on Tuesday's call
Pagers sounded shortly after 5pm, requesting the launch of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) Mary and Archie Hooper. The UK Coastguard reported a dinghy, with two people on board, which had overturned 600 metres from the coastal area of Sandy Beach, Llanfwrog.

With minutes the volunteer crew had launched and headed off to the location.

On arrival at the scene, the crew found the dinghy already under tow by a local vessel.

The lifeboat followed the towed vessel back to the shore, where one of the ILB crew carried out a welfare check of the dinghy’s two occupants. On concluding that both were fit and well, the lifeboat left the scene and headed back to station

She arrived back at approximately 6.15pm, and was prepared for service.

Inshore lifeboat senior helm Dave Roberts said,

‘We’d like to thank the local vessels who came to the aid of the dinghy, including the speedboat who assisted with the tow, and charter boat ‘My Way’, and also all the crew who turned out to assist with the launch of the lifeboat.’

Coxswain Tony Price added:

‘It was heartwarming to see so many pleasure craft and a working charter boat all converge on a small craft in difficulty, and to work along with the UK Coastguard to deal with the situation.’

For further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 6814109, or email vickilou11@gmail.com

RNLI/Vicki Owens

The volunteer crew preparing to launch

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