Moelfre and Holyhead Lifeboats Launched to Aid Vessels in Trouble

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.10pm Sunday 22 September, Moelfre All-weather lifeboat 'Kiwi' along with Holyhead All-weather Severn Class lifeboat 'Christopher Pearce' was paged by the Holyhead Coastguard to attend a vessel reported to be taking on water off the coast of Cemlyn.

RNLI Supporter Kate Myott

Volunteers from Cemaes Bay Search and Rescue team were already on scene, with one of the Auxiliary Coastguard members afloat on his fishing boat (Stingray), who then towed the initial casualty vessel to Cemaes Bay.

On route, there were reports of two further vessels having gone to assist the casualty, who were also now in need of assistance. One craft had engine failure, and the other was running out of fuel, therefore meaning there were three casualty vessels.

On scene, the crews received reports from the Coastguard that the engine of the second casualty vessel was restarted and was making her own way under observation of Moelfre lifeboat, who had arrived at the third casualty vessel.

The Coastguard then stood Holyhead lifeboat and crew down, with Moelfre tasked to continue. The Moelfre volunteers launched the Y boat, which then towed the third vessel back to shore at Cemaes.

Holyhead ALB was back at her berth at 5:30pm and was then washed and refuelled, ready for further service.

Moelfre ALB was back on slip at 6:10pm and was made ready for her next service.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910, or Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409

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