Early Hours Call For Holyhead Lifeboat Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Holyhead RNLI were roused from their beds in the early hours of this morning (Monday 2 September) when a lone sailor got into difficulty just off the coast.

RNLI/Vicki Owens

Holyhead's D-Class lifeboat (library photo)
Pagers sounded at 1.15am, requesting the launch of the D-class inshore lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper. The crew quickly assembled, and four volunteers headed off to the location, which was just off the Orthios jetty, in Holyhead Harbour.

Within minutes, they had arrived at the scene, and a lifeboat crew member was placed aboard to check on the sailor’s welfare and to assist with the use of fenders and lines.

On assessing all to be well, and that the sailor, who had travelled from Wicklow, Ireland in her 6 metre Cornish shrimper, had simply become tired and slightly disorientated, the ILB began escorting the vessel to the shore. However, the casualty vessel then suffered an engine failure, and so a tow line was established, and the craft was safely towed to the marina area.

The lifeboat was then returned to station, and was ready for service again shortly before 3am.

ILB helm Stephanie Fleming said the vessel had been in excellent condition, and the sailor had all correct equipment. She added:

‘The sailor had visited the area previously, before Storm Emma devastated the layout of the harbour, and as local almanacs are showing the marina as still in its previous state, she had become disorientated, and had rightly called for help.’

For any further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or email [email protected]

RNLI/Vicki Owens

The route of the early morning call out for Holyhead RNLI

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