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Angle RNLI lifeboat rescues yacht in six-hour mission

Lifeboats News Release

A 12 metre yacht, in difficulties in the Irish Sea on Tuesday night (June 7/8), was towed to safety by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat in a six-hour rescue mission.

The yacht, with four people on board, was on passage from Scotland to Falmouth when she experienced engine failure approximately 10 miles north of The Smalls. She was unable to make any headway due to the light airs and strong tidal flow.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 10.05pm and rendezvoused with the casualty at 11.17pm.

After lifeboat volunteers confirmed that all was well on board the yacht, a tow was rigged and a course was set for the Milford Haven Waterway.

At the entrance to Milford Docks at 3.50am, and in nil visibility, the yacht was put into an alongside tow and berthed against the Mackerel Stage.

The lifeboat was then released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 4.15am after her sixth call-out in six days.

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Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which towed a yacht to safety on Tuesday night (June 7/8), in a six-hour rescue mission.
Photo: Nick Leach/RNLI

The rescued yacht under tow by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.
Photo: Angle RNLI.

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