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Holyhead ILB Rescue Lone Jetskier

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI volunteers were called out earlier today (Friday 30 June) after reports of a lone jetskier in trouble within the Holyhead harbour area.


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

Pagers sounded at 5.10pm, requesting the immediate launch of the inshore D-class lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper. As the crew were gathering ready to launch, HM Coastguard then communicated that there was a person in the water who was now out of their sight.

The inshore lifeboat launched immediately and headed to the location at speed. En route to the site, the volunteer crew caught sight of the person close to the position given for the adrift jetski in shallower waters. Contact was made quickly, and the casualty was brought aboard the lifeboat. A quick assessment was made, and it was found the person had ingested sea water while struggling to reach the shore, and was also suffering from the effects being immersed in cold water.

The ILB then headed back to the station with the casualty, where he was passed over to casualty care-trained lifeboat volunteers. The lifeboat then headed back to the jetski and towed it back to the local slipway to prevent it becoming a hazard to the ferries, before returning to the station for post recovery checks and to be made ready for any further calls.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Holyhead Lifeboat Station, David Owens, said,

‘The casualty was fortunate that our crew were able to be on scene so quickly, otherwise there could have been a very different outcome.’

He added

‘The RNLI advise anyone taking part in coastal activities to ensure they are wearing correct equipment, including a suitable lifejacket, and to always carry a means of calling for help. Following a few simple safety guidelines can prevent tragic consequences.’

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