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Double Call For Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was a busy night for Holyhead’s RNLI volunteer crew last night (Monday 6 August), with two call outs and a total of almost five hours out at sea.

RNLI/Ronnie Roberts

Holyhead all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce (library photo)

The first call came at 9.45pm, to a lone 72-year old sailor, whose vessel was suffering from engine failure just off Holyhead Breakwater.

The man was having difficulty returning to his mooring within the harbour area, and so called for assistance.

The inshore lifeboat crew headed out to the man, and towed him safely to his mooring. The crew returned back to station at 11.30pm.

Pagers sounded again just before 1.30am, and both lifeboats were launched to assist shore search teams after reports of a male possibly in the sea just off the Sandy Beach area.

An extensive search of both land and sea was carried out, involving the all-weather and inshore lifeboats, search and rescue helicopter, coastguard teams and North Wales Police, until the man was located and confirmed as safe by police on land at approximately 4.30am. Both lifeboats then headed back to shore and were prepared for any further calls.

Coxswain at Holyhead, Tony Price, said the first man had done the correct thing in calling for help.

He added;

‘The second call out showed good teamwork between all those involved. It was a very busy night, but it is what we’re trained for, and we are always on call for any eventuality.’

RNLI/Vicki Owens

Holyhead's inshore lifeboat (library photo)

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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 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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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