Holyhead and Moelfre lifeboats in yacht rescue

RNLI / Ronnie Roberts

Three people were rescued from a stranded yacht off the Skerries by two lifeboat crews.

The RNLI say the all-weather lifeboat at Holyhead was called out at just before 10pm on Wednesday night (1st August) after a boat suffered a mechanical failure around 19 miles off the tip of the breakwater, while en route from the Isle of Man.

But the crew had to call out reinforcements in treacherous weather after the tow rope to bring the yacht back to shore got stuck in the lifeboat’s propeller.

A second all-weather lifeboat – the Kiwi from Moelfre – was called out to take over the tow and safely take the vessel back to land.

A spokesperson said the crews had to cope with force 8 gales, three metre high waves and poor visibility, which made the tow ”extremely difficult”. The rescue operation ended five and a half hours later and the Holyhead lifeboat was taken out of service for checks before being made ready for further callouts.

Tony Price, the coxswain at Holyhead, said: ”We’d like to say a huge thank you to our friends at Moelfre Lifeboat Station for coming to assist us; as a lifeboat family it’s amazing how we all pull together as a team when required.”

”This shows how things can happen to even ourselves in such dangerous weather. Thankfully, all crews and casualties made a safe return to land.”

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the D-Class Lifeboat from Pwllheli was called out to the town harbour where a wanted man stood in the sea for around three hours while drunk and topless.

Police said he was later arrested on suspicion of burglary and other offences.

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