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Drifting yacht towed to safety by Angle RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

An eight metre yacht, drifting in the Milford Haven Waterway off Stack Rock, was towed to safety on Friday (June 30) by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.

Angle RNLI's all weather Tamar Class lifeboat Mark Mason approaches Milford Docks with the rescued yacht in an alongside tow

Angle RNLI

The rescued yacht is pictured alongside Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat as she approaches the Mackerel Stage at Milford Docks.

A local pilot vessel had attached a tow to the yacht, to keep it from drifting into shallow water, but asked for the assistance of the lifeboat.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 9.29am and arrived on the scene in five minutes.

It was apparent that the yacht had parted her moorings and there were no persons on board.

The tow was passed over from the pilot vessel to the lifeboat; and the yacht was taken to the Milford Docks Mackerel Stage, where she was secured alongside.

With no further assistance required, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 10.17am.

RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email

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