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Holyhead Crew Assist Yacht in Trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI crew were called to help a yacht in trouble today (Friday March 29)

Phil Hen

Holyhead ALB Christopher Pearce Towing the Vessel Back to Safety

The all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce launched at 10.25am after a call from the coastguard, citing a 9 metre long vessel, with three people on board, suffering engine problems 12 miles south west of South Stack.

The craft had been on a passage from Plymouth to Liverpool when she got into trouble.

On arrival at the scene, and with the permission of the yacht’s skipper, the lifeboat set up a tow at 11.20am, and the stricken boat was brought back to Holyhead Marina landing stage, to receive a local repair, arriving back at 1.20pm.

Coxswain for the call out was Ian James, who said sea and weather conditions were good, and the tow went to plan, with all crew using their training well to bring the vessel back safely.

Phil Hen

Holyhead RNLI towing the stricken yacht

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The vessel in tow behind Holyhead ALB Christopher Pearce

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Holyhead crew aboard the ALB Christopher Pearce. L-R Kiri Chaplin, Gavin Wright, Tony Price, Sion Owens

Richard Burnell

The stricken yacht being towed past South Stack lighthouse

Phil Hen

The stricken boat is brought safely back to shore by Holyhead ALB

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