Two men ‘safe’ after recovery of a 40ft vessel which had broken away from her mooring

RNLI volunteers were tasked to help with the recovery of a 40ft vessel which had broken away from her mooring overnight.

RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station were contacted by HM Coastguard on the morning of Thursday, February 18.

Photos taken by Holyhead crewmen Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

The vessel had come aground on rocks towards the end of the breakwater. Picture: Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

A commercial tug was set to tow the stricken craft. Holyhead Lifeboat said their role was to act in support to prevent any loss of life or other safety issues while the operation took place.

A spokesperson for the team said: “The casualty vessel had been moored for some time in the harbour, but had broken free from her mooring overnight, and had come aground on rocks towards the end of the breakwater. There was concern the vessel could drift into the busy shipping lanes. The owner of the vessel and a fellow sailor had boarded her to try and oversee her recovery.

“Our all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce launched to attend the scene just after 10am, and the inshore D-class was also required to launch in support of our larger boat.

Photos taken by Holyhead crewmen Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

Both Holyhead lifeboats were requested to launch at 10:20am this morning to stand by as a precaution as the Port Authority responded to a boat which had broken free. Picture: Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

“On arriving at the scene, we first assisted by trying to stem the flow of water with our salvage pump, but when this failed, at 10.55am the decision was made to evacuate all persons on board the casualty craft for their safety, and our salvage pump was withdrawn.

“The harbourmaster and our crew worked together to ensure safety was paramount and no one was in danger.”

The spokesperson added: “Once the two men were safe, the commercial tug took over the operation of getting the craft to a safer location ready to be salvaged later today by crane, and our lifeboats were stood down.

Photos taken by Holyhead crewmen Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

Photos taken by Holyhead crewmen Ronnie Roberts and Russ Clarke.

“The Christopher Pearce headed back to her berth in the inner port, and the D-class returned to the lifeboat station.

“Both boats were then fully sanitised and prepared for any further calls.”

Coxswain Tony Price said: “I’m pleased to report there were no injuries or any life in danger, and no pollution risk as a result of today’s incident.

“Our thoughts go out to the owner of the vessel.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey