PADDLE boarders and five adults and a child on a seven-metre vessel had to be rescued.

On Saturday (July 17) afternoon, pagers first sounded for Holyhead RNLI just after 1.20pm and a request was made for the launch of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce to provide back up for crew from the flank station Trearddur Bay.

This was in response to paddle boarders who had got into trouble near South Stack.

Volunteers from Holyhead cliff rescue team were also called to the scene. The initial call was to assist kayakers, but it transpired they were at the scene to provide assistance to the paddle boarders.

A spokesperson from Holyhead RNLI said: "Trearddur Bay RNLI completed the rescue, and once the situation was under control, the Holyhead crew returned to their berth at the port, where the lifeboat was made ready for further calls."

A short time after returning, pagers sounded for a second time, once again asking for the launch of the all-weather lifeboat.

This time a seven-metre vessel with five adults and an infant on board was in trouble, one-and-a-half miles out from the Rocky Coast area.


Photos by Dave Roberts, Nikki Price and Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI

Photos by Dave Roberts, Nikki Price and Vicki Owens, Holyhead RNLI


A spokesperson from Holyhead RNLI said: "The craft had suffered complete power failure, and the sailors had dropped anchor and called for assistance.

"On reaching the scene, the coxswain assessed the situation, and decided the safest course of action was to tow the vessel back to the nearest safe and suitable location, which was a mooring within Holyhead harbour."

The lifeboat then returned once again to her berth at the port and was ready for service just after 5.30pm.

Shortly after 7pm, pagers sounded for a third time, once again requiring the launch of the all-weather lifeboat.

"A 26ft yacht, with three people on board, was suffering engine failure. A strong ebbing tide was pushing the vessel and her occupants south," the spokesperson said.

"The lifeboat quickly reached the location, and once again an assessment was made by the coxswain as to the best course of action. It was decided for safety reasons that the vessel should be towed back to the safety of the nearest harbour, and a tow was quickly established. Both the lifeboat made their way back, and the yacht was places on a mooring at 9pm. The Christopher Pearce once again headed back to her berth, and was made ready for service."

Coxswain Tony Price said both boat owners had done the correct thing in calling for help.

He added: "A very busy day for us. Once again, thanks to the volunteers for a great turn-out from the sea and shore crew.

"The first casualty craft was a fine vessel, and had just succumbed to power failure. The second was new to the owners, and they were also fairly unfamiliar with the area, so we offered some local knowledge advice. Even on the calmest of days it’s so important to have a good understanding of our local tides.

"HM Coastguard did a great job of co-ordinating all of the day’s events. They were inundated with calls today, so we appreciated their professionalism and assistance throughout. We also really appreciate the local coastguard volunteers, who had a very busy day. Even though we didn’t require their assistance today, it’s wonderful to know they are there if we need them."