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Angle RNLI lifeboat alerted after report of vessel 'fire'

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat Mark Mason was alerted on Friday night (July 22), following a report of a vessel on fire off Hazelbeach in the Milford Haven Waterway.

The Tamar class lifeboat was launched shortly before 9pm and while making best speed to the location, a local tug in the area reported that it could see no evidence of any vessel on fire.

The lifeboat reached the scene in 11 minutes and the Mid and West Wales Fire Service and Dyfed-Powys Police had also been alerted.

Further investigations revealed that a passing fishing boat was using a power washer on deck, and the spray of water looked like large amounts of smoke.

With all units satisfied that no assistance was needed, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 10.12pm after her fourth call-out in five days.

Note to editors

The photo shows Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason.
Photo: Nick Leach, RNLI.

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