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Early Call For Holyhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early start to the weekend for Holyhead RNLI volunteers, when they were called to a yacht in trouble at 8.15am today (Saturday 2 June).

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce after the three-person crew of the 10 metre yacht called for help from their position near the Skerries lighthouse.

The lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 8.35am, and were at the scene by 9am. The vessel had suffered engine failure and was unable to return to Holyhead as she was caught in strong tides.

The lifeboat successfully towed the stricken yacht back to a mooring within Holyhead harbour, arriving back by 11 o’clock, where the lifeboat returned to her berth and was prepared for service.

Holyhead coxswain Tony Price said the experienced crew had done the right thing calling for assistance, and their vessel had been well maintained. He thanked the Cemaes coastguard volunteers for keeping a watchful eye from the cliffs at Carmel Head.

The call-out was new crewman Gavin Wright’s first one. Other new crew members Sion Owens and Holly Owen have also attended their first call outs within the last few weeks.

For further information, please contact Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer Vicki Owens, on 07531 681409 or email

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The stricken yacht on tow from Holyhead lifeboat.

RNLI/Jay Garden

The Holyhead lifeboat Christopher Pearce en route to the tow

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The Holyhead RNLI volunteer crew after successfully returning from the call out on Saturday morning. It was the first 'shout' for crewman Gavin Wright (third from left).

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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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