TWO people entered difficulty in a dinghy off Holyhead on Sunday afternoon.

Holyhead RNLI sent out two lifeboats which searched for more than an hour following reports of the incident near the breakwater at about 5.50pm.

The dinghy was eventually found on-shore with one person "in a cold and disorientated state" and police and ambulance service was called.

"Both of our lifeboats were called out this evening to assist in a multi-agency search for potential person or persons in trouble with a dinghy near the breakwater," a Holyhead RNLI spokesperson said.

"Our ILB was paged initially at 5.50pm. HM Coastguard had limited information, but it was reported there may be a dinghy containing one or two individuals, in some difficulty. Local volunteer coastguard rescue teams had also been called.

"The ILB launched quickly, and the ALB was paged shortly after 6.15pm to provide assistance in illuminating the area or widening the search if necessary.

"For over an hour, the crew on both lifeboats searched the area concerned, assisting the coastguard teams.

"No one was found in the water; however the dinghy was found and secured, and one person was located on the breakwater, in a cold and disorientated state, and was assisted by the coastguard. He was then passed to the care of North Wales Police and North Wales Ambulance. A second person was accounted for elsewhere."

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called to the breakwater area of Holyhead last night at 5.55pm where we met members of the coastguard and a patient reported to be suffering from cold exposure.

"A patient was assessed at the scene but did not require conveyance to hospital."

A North Wales Police spokesperson added: "We received a call at 5.54pm from HM Coastguard requesting assistance with a dinghy that had got into difficulties near the breakwater at Holyhead.

"Officers attended alongside colleagues from Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, and both persons in the dinghy were safely accounted for."

Holyhead RNLI lifeboat operations manager David Owens said: "It’s vital now more than ever that the public adhere to guidelines issued for their own safety, to stay home and not put themselves or the emergency services at risk. We will always launch to help anyone in trouble; however we also would implore the public to do their part and be as sensible as possible in these exteremly difficult times.

"Our crew are volunteers, and we and our families are as at risk as everyone else. We would really appreciate the public's help in keeping themselves and us safe."