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Double call-out for Angle RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was diverted from an exercise on Sunday morning (December 18), in response to a pan-pan (urgency) broadcast from a six metre motor boat in Gelliswick Bay, on the Milford Haven Waterway.

The rescued motor boat is shown in an alongside tow with Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat in the Milford Haven Waterwayon Sunday (December 18).

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The rescued motor boat in an alongside tow with Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat on Sunday (December 18).

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason reached the scene in four minutes, at 11.13pm, and found the casualty at anchor due to a mechanical problem.

The lifeboat rigged an alongside tow, the casualty’s anchor was recovered, and the motor boat was taken to Milford Docks, where she was berthed against the pontoon.

The lifeboat was then released to return to her station at 12.06pm. But, she was again alerted later in the day, at the request of the UK Coastguard, to a report of a youth, in a tender with one oar, in possible difficulty, off Wards Pier, Milford.

The lifeboat was launched just after 5pm and arrived at the scene in eight minutes. The youth had been located on the water’s edge, at the entrance to Castle Pill by a local pilot vessel but, because of the depth of water, communication was difficult.

The lifeboat’s Y Boat was launched and went ashore to see whether any assistance was needed. The youth was waiting for the incoming tide to allow for sufficient water to get the tender back to a mooring in Castle Pill and declined any assistance.

The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 5.50pm.

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The rescued motor boat in an alongside tow with Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat on Sunday (December 18).

Photo: Angle RNLI.

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