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Angle RNLI lifeboat alerted after microlight crash

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Thursday evening (March 9), after a microlight aircraft crashed in the Milford Haven Waterway, off Rudders Boatyard, Burton.

Angle RNLI's all weather lifeboat which was alerted after a microlight aircraft crashed in the Milford Haven Waterway on March 9, 2017

Nicholas Leach/RNLI

Angle RNLI's all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched shortly before 6pm and also responding to the incident were UK Coastguard rescue officers, a local range safety vessel, Dyfed Powys Police, the Ambulance Service and two leisure craft.

When the lifeboat reached the scene, it was reported that the single occupant of the microlight had swum to the shore, adjacent to Burton, and had been transferred to Rudders Boatyard by a local RIB.

The lifeboat’s Y Boat was launched and its two crew members went ashore to gather more information, while paramedics were assessing the casualty.

As no assistance was needed ashore, the Y Boat searched the shoreline and the lifeboat searched the main channel for any debris.

With no sightings, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 7.20pm.

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Angle RNLI’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

Photo: Nicholas Leach/RNLI.

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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