Horizon drops option on ex-oil site
THESE images show a 25ft yacht which became marooned on a rock with two people on board, sparking a rescue operation.
The vessel became trapped during falling tide as it visited rocky islets The Skerries, off Anglesey, at around 1.50pm on Sunday.
The emergency services PICTURES: SIMON PRICE RNLI were alerted and the two passengers were taken safely to shore by the RNLI, arriving at Holyhead just after 5pm.
RNLI Holyhead duty coxswain Craig Stalman said: “It was unusual for us to be called out in such calm conditions.
“There was a big spring tide of eight knots running around the Skerries, and the crew all worked together to achieve a successful outcome.
“As we waited for the tide to rise we were accompanied by dozens of seals who seems to be enjoying the spectacle.”
RNLI crews returned to the scene at around 7pm to help the stricken craft and take the vessel’s owner back to his boat, which was then towed to Holyhead harbour.
He added: “The sailor had entered the lagoon successfully, but had taken the incorrect passage out.”
Holyhead’s launch operations manager David Owens said: “This incident shows how even in calm weather the tides can render even an experienced sailor helpless.
“Thankfully he had means of calling for help, and did the right thing in contacting the coastguard.” HORIZON Nuclear Power has dropped its option on the former Shell oil depot on Anglesey.
The 200-acre site at Rhosgoch was one of three sites set to house up to 10,000 workers during the Wylfa Newydd construction project.
An option agreement was signed between Horizon and Conygar Investment Company in 2017 with hopes the site could be a holiday park once the plant was built.
But this January, parent company Hitachi announced Wylfa Newydd was on hold after failing to reach a funding deal with the UK Government. Now Conygar has revealed that Horizon has cancelled its option on the Rhosgoch site in recent weeks.
Horizon has, though, retained the option for a logistics centre on the seven-acre Conygar site at Parc Cybi at Holyhead.
Robert Ware, Conygar chief executive, said while Horizon had cancelled the Rhosgoch option they had not given up on nuclear.
■ Lifeboat crew on the way to the yacht marooned on a rock off the coast of Anglesey