Holyhead RNLI Assist Stricken Vessel in Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI volunteers assisted in the rescue of a stricken craft yesterday (Thursday 18 February)

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Holyhead RNLI assist the stricken vessel on Thursday
The 40ft vessel had been moored in Holyhead Harbour, but had broken away from her mooring, and drifted onto rocks near the end of the breakwater, where she had run aground.

HM Coastguard, along with the Port Authority, mounted a rescue operation, and requested the attendance of Holyhead’s Severn-class lifeboat Christopher Pearce, amid safety issues resulting from the location of vessel, a potential hazard to the nearby shipping lane. There was also concern that the casualty vessel had developed a hole and was taking on water. The boat’s owner and a fellow sailor had boarded her in an attempt to oversee the rescue.

The lifeboat attended the scene just before 10am. The smaller D-class lifeboat, Mary and Archie Hooper, was then also requested. Initially, the salvage pump from the all-weather lifeboat was used to attempt to stem the flow of water, but when this failed, the decision was made to remove all persons from the boat, to the safety of the lifeboat, while a commercial tug towed the stricken vessel to a safer location.

Once the two sailors were safe, the lifeboats were stood down, and the operation was carried on by tug.

The Christopher Pearce headed back to her berth in the inner port, and the D-class returned to the lifeboat station. Both boats were then fully sanitised and prepared for any further calls.

Holyhead lifeboat coxswain Tony Price said:

‘Our role was to ensure the safety of all concerned in the vessel’s rescue. We were happy to assist the local sailors, and prevent any injuries, loss of life or hazard in the local waters, and to bring the two men on board to safety as the vessel began taking on more water.’

He added, ‘I’m pleased to report there was no pollution risk as a result of the incident, and our volunteer crew worked well with the local port authority, under the guidance of the UK Coastguard.’

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

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The lifeboat volunteers attend the stricken vessel

RNLI/Russ Clarke

The vessel is towed by a local tug, overseen by Holyhead RNLI

RNLI/Ronnie Roberts

The rescue scene on Thursday in Holyhead

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