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Night time escort by Fishguard RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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