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Holyhead RNLI Assist in Multi Agency Search

Lifeboats News Release

Both Holyhead lifeboats were called out this evening (Sunday 10 January) to assist in a multi-agency search for a potential person or persons in trouble with a dinghy near the breakwater.

Holyhead RNLI

Holyhead Severn-class lifeboat Christopher Pearce (library photo)
The station's inshore D-class Mary and Archie Hooper was paged initially at 5.50pm. The UK Coastguard had limited information, but it was reported there may be a dinghy containing one or two individuals, in some difficulty. Local volunteer coastguard rescue teams had also been called.

The ILB launched quickly, and the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce was paged shortly after 6.15pm to provide assistance in illuminating the area or widening the search if necessary.

For over an hour, the crew on both lifeboats searched the area concerned, assisting the coastguard teams. No one was found in the water; however a dinghy was found and secured, and one person was located on the breakwater, in a cold and disorientated state, and was assisted by the coastguard. He was then passed to the care of North Wales Police and North Wales Ambulance. Lifeboats were then stood down and returned to shore.

Both boats were fully sanitised and prepared for further service by 7.30pm.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Holyhead RNLI, David Owens said:

‘It’s vital now more than ever that the public adhere to guidelines issued for their own safety, to stay home and not put themselves or the emergency services at risk. We will always launch to help anyone in trouble; however we also would implore the public to do their part and be as sensible as possible.’

He added,

‘Our crews are volunteers, and we and our families are as at risk as everyone else.’

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