Hori­zon drops op­tion on ex-oil site

Bangor Mail - - Weekly Puzzles -

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

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