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Mayday Call To Sinking Vessel For Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A Mayday call, citing a sinking vessel carrying six people required the assistance of Holyhead RNLI yesterday (Tuesday 7 June)

Richard Burnell

Holyhead ILB Mary and Archie Hooper (library photo)

Pagers alerted the volunteer crew at 2.30pm, requesting the launch of the inshore D-class lifeboat, followed shortly after by a request to launch the all-weather Severn-class lifeboat.

The D-class, Mary and Archie Hooper was launched within four minutes, and the Severn-class Christopher Pearce was en route within ten minutes.

The stricken vessel, a 17ft jet boat, was taking on water en route from Carmel Head to the Skerries, off the north-west coast of Anglesey.

A local charter fishing vessel, My Way was in the area and had rushed to the scene, arriving a few minutes before the inshore lifeboat. As the ILB approached the scene, it was apparent that the six casualties had been taken aboard the fishing boat for safety.

On arrival, Holyhead crew members boarded the sinking vessel and immediately began attempts to save the craft using their salvage pump. The six sailors were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat for safety, and the fishing vessel then left the scene.

The casualty vessel was salvaged enough to enable a tow to be established, and the lifeboats and stricken boat headed towards the nearest safe and suitable area, known as Sandy Beach. The six casualties were transferred onto the inshore lifeboat to be taken ashore, arriving safely shortly before 5pm.

Holyhead lifeboat coxswain Tony Price said:

‘This Mayday call was a fine example of brilliant teamwork. Once again, the crew showed their dedication and professionalism throughout. Huge thanks go to the ‘My Way’ crew too, for rushing to assist other seafarers in trouble, showing what a fantastic sea community we have here.’

He added:

‘The six occupants of the stricken craft were all well equipped with lifejackets, and were very unlucky to be faced with the scenario they were in. We’re just glad they are all safe; no doubt at all they did the right thing in issuing a Mayday call.’

For any further information, please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409, or email [email protected]

Laura Roberts

Holyhead's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce (library photo)

Gethyn Owen

Holyhead RNLI attending the call on Saturday

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