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Five call-outs in five days for Angle RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday, May 27, after a member of the public reported seeing a drifting motor boat, with the outboard engine in the down position, off Castle Pill, Milford Haven.

The speedboat which was towed to safety on Sunday, May 28, by Angle RNLI’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason. The boat, with seven people on board, had suffered engine failure near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway.

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This five metre speedboat, with seven people on board, was towed to safety by Angle RNLI's all weather lifeboat after suffering engine failure near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway

The Tamar class lifeboat, Mark Mason, was launched, at the request of the UK Coastguard, at 10pm.

As the lifeboat approached the scene, a pilot vessel had located the casualty on the shoreline with the occupant still on board.

The lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and went ashore to assist, when the casualty was towed back to her mooring in Castle Pill.

With no further assistance required, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 10.48pm.

It was the first of five call-outs in five days for Angle RNLI.

On Sunday, May 28, the all weather lifeboat was launched at 3.15pm to assist a five metre speedboat, which had engine failure and was unsure of her position, within the Milford Haven Waterway. There were seven people on board.

On launching, further information was received that the casualty could be near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway, so the lifeboat proceeded to Thorn Island.

The casualty was located close to Sheep Island and six of the occupants were transferred to the lifeboat. The casualty was then taken in tow to Dale.

At Dale the lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and towed the casualty to the slipway and transferred the occupants ashore. The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, to be rehoused at 5.10pm.

Later that day, the D class inshore lifeboat, SuperG II, was launched at 8.07pm to investigate the report of a drifting kayak off Milford Haven.

The lifeboat reached the scene in five minutes and sighted a log tangled up with a mooring buoy. After discussions with the first informant, it was confirmed that this was what was reported. The lifeboat then recovered the log and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 8.27pm.

The following day, May 29, the all weather lifeboat was launched at 10.43pm to locate a despondent male on the rocks at Gelliswick Bay, Milford Haven.

The lifeboat reached the scene in nine minutes and deployed her Y Boat as a precaution. Searchlights were used to illuminate the area, while Dyfed-Powys Police and the UK Coastguard rescue officers managed to bring the casualty to safety.

The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, for rehousing at 11.50pm.

On Wednesday, May 31, the all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched at 11.07am to assist in the search for a missing 28-year-old man.

The lifeboats, along with multiple vessels and land-based teams, searched an area from Milford Haven to Lawrenny, until the casualty was located.

The inshore lifeboat recovered his body, which was transferred to an awaiting ambulance at the Port Authority jetty. Both boats were released and returned to their station.

An Angle RNLI spokesman said their thoughts are with the family and friends of the man at this difficult time.

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 Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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