Second Successive Rescue for Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat volunteers from Holyhead were called out for the second night in succession when they were paged on Wednesday evening (28 August)

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Holyhead's all-weather lifeboat 'Christopher Pearce' heads out on service on Wednesday evening
The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce at 5pm. A 33ft vessel, with two people on board, was in difficulty in the busy shipping area north of The Skerries lighthouse, approximately 6 miles north of the rocky island.

The lifeboat volunteers headed to Holyhead port, and the lifeboat launched from her berth at 5.15pm, and headed to the location of the stricken craft.

The call was almost identical to the one the previous evening, although it was a different vessel.

On arriving at the location, a tow was established, and the lifeboat headed back to Holyhead with the casualty vessel and her occupants.

The lifeboat safely reached the casualty craft mooring at approximately 8.40pm, where the vessel was securely placed. The lifeboat then headed back to the port., where she was prepared for any further service.

Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Holyhead Lifeboat Station, David Owens, said:

‘The sailors did the correct thing in calling for help when they lost power, as that part of the Irish Sea is very busy with large vessels.’

He added:

‘Once again, our volunteer crew turned out in their numbers to go to the aid of someone in trouble.’


For any further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Lifeboat Press Officer at Holyhead RNLI, on 07531 681409, or email vickilou11@gmail.com

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The stricken craft is towed back to Holyhead

RNLI/Stuart Cramp

View from the all-weather lifeboat 'Christopher Pearce'

RNLI/Vicki Owens

The location of Holyhead RNLI's rescue on Wednesday evening.

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