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Swimmer in difficulty triggers Fishguard RNLI lifeboat launch

Lifeboats News Release

A distance swimmer and his support boat got into difficulties off Cwm-yr-Eglwys on Wednesday (16 August) resulting in Fishguard RNLI's all-weather Trent Class lifeboat with a full volunteer crew launching at 1.30pm.

A member of the public called 999 after seeing the male swimmer in difficulty and hanging onto a mooring buoy. Meanwhile his support boat with one female on board suffered engine failure and was being pushed offshore by the tide and a strong southerly wind which was gusting 30 knots at times. Whilst the lifeboat was rushing to the scene a boat in the area spotted the problem and went to the aid of the swimmer and drifting dinghy and was able to take them into Cwm-yr-Eglwys. The lifeboat remained in the area until it was established both persons were safe and well having been met by HM Coastguard personnel onshore. The lifeboat subsequently returned to base.

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