Lifeboat’s farewell to ‘Sammy the Seal’

By GEM Community Correspondent in Local People

‘Sammy the Seal’ took a liking to Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat Inner Wheel II while she was in Holyhead for maintenance and repairs.

The Inner Wheel II welcomed the unusual visitor recently as she was moored at Holyhead RNLI lifeboat station for general maintenance and repairs.

Spotted by Holyhead RNLI volunteer crew member Beth Wilkinson,

the native grey seal was dubbed ‘Sammy’ by the Anglesey crew.

Beth said: “Seals are regular visitors to Holyhead area and Sammy is waving farewell to the Inner Wheel II as it leaves Holyhead after a month.

“The RNLI has a rigorous selection process for volunteers, but Sammy would be a welcome addition!”

The Trent class lifeboat was docked at the Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey and spent the last month undergoing general maintenance and repair.

A replacement lifeboat from the RNLI’s relief fleet Dora Foster McDougall is currently moored at Barry Docks RNLI station and has allowed the station to maintain a 24-hour and uninterrupted operational search and rescue service for the surrounding area.

The Inner Wheel II returned to Barry Dock on January 20.

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