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Angle RNLI lifeboat goes to aid of yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Friday evening (July 28), at the request of the UK Coastguard, after a seven metre yacht went aground off Hakin, Milford Haven.

Angle RNLI's Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which went to the aid of a yacht aground on Friday, July 28

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Angle RNLI's Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason arrived on the scene at just after 7pm to find the yacht had drifted ashore, because of a mooring failure, and the owners were attempting to re-float the vessel.

Once the yacht was afloat, the lifeboat escorted the vessel, now with three people on board, to the Milford Docks Mackerel Stage pontoon, where the vessel berthed alongside.

The owners checked for damage to the yacht and water ingress and when satisfied that all was intact, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 7.35pm.

On Sunday (July 30), the all weather lifeboat was requested, at 11.56am, to launch to assist a broken down vessel off Dale.

While the lifeboat crew were mustering at the station, another vessel had offered assistance and had the casualty under tow. The lifeboat was then stood down prior to launching.

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