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St Davids RNLI tows RIB into Porthclais harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.20pm on Thursday 29 December, St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat, Norah Wortley, and her volunteer crew were tasked to a 5.5m RIB with two people onboard.


St Davids lifeboat 'Norah Wortley' launching

The RIB was suffering with fuel problems just off the Lifeboat station.

Once launched, and it was confirmed that the two crew were all well, a tow line was set up before the lifeboat began towing the casualty to Porthclais harbour.

At the entrance of the harbour, the lifeboat’s daughter boat, the Y class, was deployed to tow the RIB up to the slipway in the harbour.

The Y class was then recovered, back onto the lifeboat, and they headed back to station. Both boats were re-housed and ready for service by 5:20pm.

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For more information contact Jim Phillips, St Davids Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791 121039. Alternitavely contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email

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