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Busy spell for Fishguard RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called upon four times in five days.

The first call-out was on Thursday (4 August) when one adult and three children, thought to have been fishing off the rocks between Abermawr and Aberbach, were then reported to be missing.

The Coastguard team searched the shoreline and as evening approached Fishguard RNLI were requested to search the coastal waters. As a result the all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat launched at 8.30pm and deployed to the area until the evening light failed whereby both boats returned to Fishguard. It was later established that the persons being searched for were all well and accounted for.

The second call-out was on Friday (5 August) when the inshore lifeboat launched with three volunteer crew at  3pm to attend a 14ft jet-boat with four passengers aboard which was drifting off Dinas Head. The engine had failed so a tow was instigated when the inshore arrived and the jet-boat was brought back into Cwm-Yr-Eglwys and met by the Coastguard.

Then on Sunday Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch and join the search for a man who was missing of Mwnt, near Cardigan, after being swept into the water. The lifeboat was out for a number of hours searching along with lifeboats from Cardigan and New Quay RNLI, but unfortunately nothing was found and the Coastguad released Fishguard to return to station at dusk.

Then on Monday (8 August) the station's inshore lifeboat was asked by the Coastguard at 11.07 am on to attend a small boat seen drifting off Aberfforest.
The alarm was raised after the 15ft fishing boat was spotted drifting off Aberfforest with apparently no one on board.

The inshore lifeboat, with three volunteer crew, were soon at the scene and established that the boat had broken free from its moorings and that no one had been on board.

They then towed the boat to Cwm-yr-Eglwys where it was placed on a temporary mooring until the owner could be contacted.

The sea conditions in the area were slight to moderate with a wind of force 4-5 and a swell of 1 -1.5m. The lifeboat returned to station at 12.18pm.

Media contacts:

For more information contact Rick Mabey, Fishguard RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07785 953251 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on


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