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Fishguard RNLI tows yacht to the shelter of Fishguard harbour

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday morning 07 December Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched to speed to Newport Bay where a yacht with one person aboard was reported to be in difficulties in adverse weather.

The lifeboat with a full complement of volunteer crew launched at 9.30am into rough seas with Force 6-7 N/NW winds. Members of the public had contacted H M Coastguard regarding the yacht being in difficulty whilst attempting to sail to more sheltered waters. The male person aboard the 26 foot yacht 'Sulu' accepted the offer of the tow to Fishguard harbour. Upon arrival inside the harbour at 1120am the tow line was shortened and the yacht was placed on a mooring within the shelter of the northern breakwater. The lifeboat then returned the short distance to its station.

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