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St Davids RNLI responds to mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI Tamar all-weather lifeboat launched on Monday (18 July) at 11.45am following a mayday call which was received by Milford Haven coastguards from the 33ft yacht Tortola which had gone onto the Horse rock in Ramsey Sound.

The yacht had two persons on board and was on passage from Barrow in Furnace to Cornwall.

The lifeboat and its volunteer crew was on scene within minutes and after assessing the situation put one of the lifeboat crew onto the yacht.

The yacht managed to free herself and after checking that there was no ingress of water, the lifeboat escorted the yacht towards Milford Haven due the thick fog, problems with the steering and to make sure that there was no damage to its hull.

After escorting the yacht through the Jack Sound near the entrance to Milford Haven waterway, the crew of the yacht were happy to proceed up to Milford Haven Marina by themselves.

The lifeboat then returned to her moorings arriving back at 2.15pm.

Media Contacts:

For more information please contact Jim Phillips St Davids Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer on 07791 121039, 01437 721532 or by email on  or alternatively contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496, 01745 585162 or by email on

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