Anglesey fishing boat in seven hour rescue operation

Lifeboat crews spent seven hours towing a stricken fishing boat to shore after it became stranded in the Irish Sea.

The 24m long vessel, with seven people on board, had broken its gearbox 15 miles off the coast of Anglesey and was being helped by another fishing boat.

However, weather and tides hampered the efforts so Holyhead Coastguard was contacted at 11:50 GMT for help.

Two RNLI lifeboats towed the boat to shore, where it eventually berthed in Holyhead at 19:15 GMT.

Holyhead Coastguard said the fishing boat was 15 miles off the coast, north east of Amlwch, when they were contacted by VHF radio.

The Moelfre all-weather RNLI lifeboat was sent to help and over several hours it was brought in to the north coast of Anglesey, from where the Holyhead RNLI lifeboat took over.

The coastguard said it was a long and difficult operation and praised the lifeboat crews for their efforts.

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