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No day of rest for Holyhead RNLI volunteers on Sunday

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday (9 October) was not the traditional day of rest for Holyhead RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, with two calls coming in very quick succession.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.15pm to a report of a person who had fallen on Holyhead Breakwater. On arrival, crew found an ambulance already in attendance and no further help was needed from the lifeboat or crew, who returned to the station at 3.40pm.

Less than an hour later at 4.15pm another call from HM Coastguard came in and the all-weather lifeboat was launched to attend a 32ft yacht with engine failure. Two people were on board the vessel, which had dropped anchor at Cemaes Bay to stop it drifting towards nearby cliffs.

Second Coxwain Tony Price of Holyhead RNLI said: 'The sailors were both wearing lifejackets and were well equipped. They had done the right thing calling the coastguard due to the vessel’s close proximity to the rocks.'

The craft was safely towed away from the danger area, and back to Holyhead Marina, arriving back shortly before 8pm, where the RNLI lifeboat was prepared for the next service.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07531 681409 or by email on or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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