Yacht is rescued in high winds off Anglesey coast

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Rescue teams spent the night assisting a 24-foot yacht with one sailor on board after it ran into difficulty in gale-force winds off Anglesey.

The Moondance issued a mayday from 15 miles northwest of Holyhead at 22:30 BST on Wednesday.

The ferry Stena Adventurer provided shelter as a helicopter from RAF Valley and a lifeboat were sent to help.

In a force eight gale, the vessel was towed into Holyhead where started to sink at 05:30 BST, said the coastguard.

The Holyhead inshore lifeboat then went to help and the yacht was placed on a slipway where it eventually sunk.

The yachtsman, who was en route to the Canary Isles, was earlier taken onto the lifeboat for his safety.

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