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Hovercraft and crew rescued by Holyhead RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Holyhead's lifeboats and their volunteer crews were launched at 7.50pm tonight to a report of vessel in trouble at Carmel Head North west of Anglesey.

On arrival, the inshore volunteer lifeboat crew found a 10 foot hovercraft with an adult and eight-year-old child aboard in the Cemlyn Bay area. 

The lifeboat crew observed that both people were wearing life jackets on board the stricken vessel. The hovercraft had suffered engine failure and was sinking.

The casualties were transferred onto the inshore lifeboat and then transferred to the all-weather Severn class lifeboat for their safety.

Ray Steadman, Holyhead Lifeboat Press Officer said:

'The hovercraft is not one of the easiest vessels to tow but the inshore lifeboat volunteer crew were able to return the craft to the shore and then transferred the casualties from the all-weather lifeboat to the shore.

'Thankfully a dog walker on the shore alerted emergency services to the incident. Lifeboats returned back to station and were refuelled and ready for service again 11.30pm.'

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For further information, please contact Ray Steadman, Lifeboat Press Officer at Holyhead on 07867 506939.

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