Two shouts for Tenby lifeboats to start off bank holiday weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The first came when the all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller launched at 4.10pm on Friday 25th August after a report from a 28ft yacht reporting that they had suffered engine failure five miles south of Caldey Island.

The yacht under tow towards Tenby.

RNLI/Ben James

The yacht under tow towards Tenby.
The lifeboat was on scene 20 minutes later and went alongside the yacht, which had been underway using the engine due to light winds when they got into difficulty.

After a request from the occupants, the vessel was towed back to Tenby and placed on one of the moorings in the bay. The yacht’s crew opted to stay aboard and were planning to get the vessel into the harbour and alongside the pier when the tide allowed so they could get their engine repaired.

The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 5.30pm.

The second shout came at 9.15pm in the evening,
after a report that a Shetland fishing boat had suffered engine failure off Sker Rock, Tenby.

A member of the lifeboat crew was standing off the casualty vessel in his boat after being alerted to the incident and then calling the Coastguard to report it.

The volunteer crew soon had the lifeboat on the water and within two minutes, were alongside the vessel whose occupants requested a tow back to Saundersfoot.

Once the boat was safely back on its moorings, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 10.20pm

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