Fishguard RNLI tow fishing boat back to port
A fishing boat with a crew of four men and an immobilised engine due to a fouled propeller resulted in Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launching on Sunday 03 April to rendezvous with the boat and tow it the 17 miles back to Fishguard.
The lifeboat set off from Fishguard at 2.20pm after HM Coastguard had been contacted by the 16 metre fishing boat 'Crusader' seeking assistance after a rope had snared the propeller. The lifeboat, with a full volunteer crew, travelled due north of Fishguard and arrived on scene at 3.30pm and quickly had a towline on the fishing boat and commenced the long tow back to Fishguard in lumpy sea conditions. Upon arrival at the northern breakwater in Fishguard harbour at 6.45pm the tow line was shortened and the fishing boat was brought alongside the ferry quay wall at 7.00pm
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.