Holyhead RNLI Assist Yacht In Trouble

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht with propeller problems meant that Holyhead lifeboat crew were called out yesterday evening (Monday 17 May)

Holyhead RNLI

Holyhead's 'Christopher Pearce' heads back with the stricken yacht

Pagers sounded just after 8.30pm, and HM Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce. A 35ft vessel, with two sailors on board, was in difficulty just beyond the harbour entrance.

After assembling at the lifeboat berth in Holyhead Port, the volunteer crew launched the Severn-class lifeboat, and were at the scene within minutes.

A tow was quickly established, and at the request of the sailors, the yacht was towed to the landing stage in the Holyhead marina area. The lifeboat then headed back to her berth, and was ready for further calls by 10.30pm.

Coxswain Tony Price said,

‘Once again the crew turned out in their numbers. It’s been a busy few days, and it’s credit to their dedication that they are always ready to help someone in trouble.’

He added,

‘Luckily the vessel wasn’t attached to the sea bed with lobster pots, but she did have something in her propeller. With the wind direction at the time, the sailors were very much in danger near the reef in that location, and so made the right call in asking for help.’

RNLI/Stephanie Fleming

The yacht was safely brought to shore just before sunset on Monday

RNLI/Stephanie Fleming

The all-weather lifeboat returned to her berth as the sun was setting on Monday

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