Angle RNLI lifeboat tows grounded ketch to safety
A 15 metre ketch, with two people on board, was towed to safety by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat on Sunday afternoon (April 9), after running aground off Pwllcrochan Flats in the Milford Haven Waterway.
The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 12.24pm and reached the scene in 13 minutes.
The ketch was still on an even keel, so it was decided to pass a tow in an attempt to bring her into deeper water.
A bow tow was rigged and the ketch was successfully pulled off the mud into deeper water. Her skipper checked the vessel for any signs of damage or water ingress and, once satisfied that all was in order, the ketch continued on her passage to Llangwm.
The lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 1.35pm.
Note to editors
The ketch is towed to safety by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat, after running aground off Pwllcrochan Flats in the Milford Haven Waterway.
Photo: Angle RNLI.
RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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