Double Rescue For Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead inshore lifeboat crew responded to two successive calls this afternoon (Friday 31 July).

John Whitaker

Holyhead ILB crew during Friday's yacht rescue
Pagers sounded just before 3pm. The initial request from the UK Coastguard reported a 34ft yacht, with two people on board, suffering engine failure between the end of Holyhead Breakwater and North Stack.

The volunteer crew launched D-class llifeboat 'Mary and Archie Hooper' ; and on arrival at the location, quickly established a tow and headed back to the Holyhead harbour area.

As they were en route back to the harbour, heading to a mooring, the crew were then asked by the coastguard to head to another part of the coast, where a pair of paddleboarders – an adult and a child - were drifting out to sea from Penrhos beach.

The lifeboat crew quickly placed the stricken yacht onto a mooring, and headed immediately to the Penrhos area.

The paddleboarding casualties were located almost a mile from the beach. After asserting both were well, both adult and child were brought onto the lifeboat along with their board, and taken back to the beach. The local volunteer coastguard team were waiting to check the health and wellbeing of two on their return to shore.

The lifeboat then returned to station at approximately 4.30pm, where she was sanitised and prepared for any further calls.

Lifeboat operations manager for Holyhead David Owens said,

‘Because the lifeboat crew were already out, returning from the first call, they were able to get to the paddleboarders very quickly. Today’s rescues show how our crew are able to adapt and respond to a variety of situations, thanks to their training and skill.’

He added,

‘This incident shows how even on a calm day, it’s important that those enjoying the waters around our coast are aware of how quickly conditions can change, and how far the sea can carry someone out in a short period of time.’

For further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer on 07531 681409 or email vicki_owens@rnli.org.uk

John Whitaker

Holyhead ILB crew, in PPE, during Friday's yacht rescue

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