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Friday Evening Rescue For Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead’s all weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce was called out today (Friday 16 April) to a single-crewed yacht in trouble.

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Holyhead's ALB returning to shore with the stricken yacht

Pagers sounded just before 5pm, and the volunteer crew gathered at the lifeboat’s berth in the inner port, before heading towards the Cemaes Bay area. HM Coastguard cited that the 34ft yacht had suffered engine trouble, and due to lack of wind, was unable to make her own way.

The casualty vessel was located just off Carmel Head, and after checking all was well with the sailor, a tow was quickly established, and both vessels made their way back to Holyhead, arriving back to the marina at approximately 6.30pm. After securing the yacht onto a berth, the Severn-class lifeboat then made her way back to her own berth at the port.

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

'The sailor did the correct thing calling for assistance. Once again, our volunteer crew turned out in force to help someone in distress, and the rescue was carried out quickly and efficiently, and adhering to all covid protocols.'

Coxswain for the rescue, Ian James, said the call was the crew's first opportunity to use brand new towing gear, and all had gone well.

The crew had only been trained in using the new equipment over the last few days.

Any further enquiries, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409, or email [email protected]

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The lifeboat towed the craft from Carmel Head to Holyhead Marina

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Lifeboat crew assisting the casualty vessel back at Holyhead Marina

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The Severn-class then returned to her berth in Holyhead Port

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Holyhead's all weather lifeboat returning to berth at the inner port

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