Night time escort by Fishguard RNLI
A sixteen foot speedboat, thought to be broken down, with three people on board waving their arms resulted in a member of the public calling UK Coastguard on 999 and Fishguard RNLI being tasked to attend on Monday ( 21st August) night.
The all-weather Trent Class lifeboat with seven volunteer crew launched at 9pm and headed to the stricken speedboat which was positioned between Cwm-yr-Eglwys and Aber Fforest in calm, dark conditions. Meanwhile it would appear the speedboat passengers had contacted a local RIB owner who responded and when the lifeboat arrived at the scene the speedboat, which had run out of fuel, was under tow back to Newport by the RIB. The lifeboat, having ascertained all passengers were safe and well, then escorted the tow to Newport where UK Coastguard members were waiting and the lifeboat then returned to base arriving at 10:15pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.