Angle RNLI lifeboat in search for swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was involved in a major search operation on Thursday (August 18), after a swimmer was reported missing off West Angle Bay, near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway.

The swimmer had not been seen for over two hours.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched just before 5pm. At the same time, Milford Haven Coastguard had issued a mayday broadcast. Six vessels responded and were making their way to the scene, along with a rescue helicopter.

A passing yacht had reported seeing a swimmer, matching the description, on a rock waving to a passing kayak. Once on scene, in five minutes, the lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and a shoreline search was commenced, working towards West Angle Bay.

One of the responding vessels then reported seeing a person matching the description ashore, so the Y Boat went in to ascertain whether this was the swimmer involved.

After further investigations it was confirmed that this was the swimmer and that no medical attention was needed.

With this information, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat and all other vessels were released at 5.37pm. The lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 5.55pm.

Note to editor

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat, which was launched to search for a missing swimmer on Thursday (August 18).
Photo: Nick Leach

Part of the shoreside search on Thursday (August 18) for the swimmer reported missing off West Angle Bay.
Photo: Angle RNLI.

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