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Woman Stuck In Mud Prompts Holyhead D-class Launch

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead's inshore lifeboat was called out last night (Thursday 19 May), to assist a female stuck in mud, in rising water in the Penrhos area of Holyhead.

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Holyhead D-class Mary and Archie Hooper (library photo)

Pagers sounded at 9.47pm, and the volunteer crew quickly launched the RNLI D-class lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper. Local coastguard volunteers were already in attendance, trying to help the woman.

The lifeboat crew began searching the area. As the lifeboat was in the waters just off the area known as 'private beach' a message was received that the woman, who was near Valley cob, was safe, in the care of the coastguard team, who had managed to get to her and pull her to safety. Our lifeboat crew were then stood down, and were back at the lifeboat station by 10.30pm

David Owens, lifeboat operations manager at Holyhead Lifeboat Station said:

'Thankfully the woman was rescued by our excellent friends in the local cliff rescue team. Like us, they are volunteers who drop everything to help someone in trouble.'

He added,

'Thanks to a swift turnout from our volunteer crew, our D-class was launched very soon after we were paged. Even though we were stood down on this occasion, it shows how quickly someone can get into difficulty, and we're always ready to respond.'

'We'd advise anyone at the coast to be aware of the tides, and to always carry a means of calling for help if they get into trouble.'

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