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Fishing vessel rescued by Angle RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A five metre fishing vessel, which suffered engine failure off Skomer Island on Saturday (May 28), was towed to safety by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 11.47 am and reached the fishing vessel, which had two people on board, in 25 minutes.

The casualty was half-a-mile south of Skomer. Two nearby vessels, which had responded to the initial call for assistance, were released to continue with their day’s fishing.

The lifeboat established a tow and the fishing vessel was taken up the Milford Haven Waterway to Burton Ferry. There, a local speedboat offered to tow the casualty alongside the pontoon.

With the casualty safely berthed, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 2.26pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat heading for Burton Ferry, with the fishing vessel in tow.
Photo: Dave Barrett/RNLI Angle.

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