Double call-out to yachts for Angle RNLI lifeboat
Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Wednesday (August 9) to assist a 14m yacht, which had engine failure ten miles south-west of St Ann’s Head.
The yacht, with three people on board, was on passage to Milford when she experienced engine failure and needed assistance to enter the Milford Haven Waterway, due to the high number of large vessel movements.
The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched shortly after 10am and reached the yacht in 30 minutes. A tow was rigged and the lifeboat took the yacht to the Milford Docks Mackerel Stage, where she berthed alongside.
With no more assistance needed, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 1.28pm.
In the second call-out of the day, the Mark Mason was launched at 6.24pm to investigate reports of a yacht aground at Pembroke Dock. It was uncertain whether there were any people on board.
As the lifeboat was passing Llanstadwell, information was received that the yacht had parted her mooring the previous night. The owner was in the process of boarding her in an attempt to re-float and take her to safety.
The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 6.50pm and her Y Boat was launched to assist with re-floating and then berthing the yacht alongside the pontoon at East Llanion, Pembroke Dock.
With the yacht and occupants safe, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, to be rehoused at just before 8pm.
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