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Overdue Yacht Sparks Holyhead Lifeboat Launch

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI were called out late last night (Sunday 22 May) after reports of an overdue yacht, en route back from the Isle of Man.

RNLI/Vicki Owens

Pagers sounded just after 11.20pm, asking for the launch of the D-class inshore lifeboat ‘Mary and Archie Hooper’.

The lifeboat crew were asked to head to the last known location of the yacht. As the volunteers headed out, the casualty vessel was spotted at the entrance to Holyhead harbour, near the end of the breakwater. Contact was made, and a member of the lifeboat crew was placed aboard the yacht just before 11.40pm.

Once it was established that all was well with those on board, it was discovered that the cause of the yacht’s late arrival was a damaged jib sail.

The D-class then escorted the vessel to a local mooring within the harbour, and once she was secured, the lifeboat was stood down, shortly after midnight.

The lifeboat was back at the station and ready for any further calls by 12.40am, and volunteers returned home to their families and their beds.


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