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Haydn Miller assists 4 metre dinghy sailing from Lands End to John O Groats

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked to launch at approximately 9.20pm on Wednesday 10th May following a report from the sole occupant of a 4-metre sailing dinghy that he’d been becalmed 13 miles south of Caldey Island.

The gentleman was in the process of sailing from Lands’ End to John O Groats for charity when the wind died and left him drifting in the Bristol Channel while he was trying to reach his overnight destination of Freshwater East. Luckily for him, he was well prepared and had a VHF radio and GPS so was able to call the Coastguard with his position.

The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and reached the casualty 25 minutes later. The occupant was in good health and needed no medical attention. He was brought aboard the lifeboat, along with his sailing vessel and taken to his original destination of Freshwater East. He was then taken ashore in the Y-boat, along with his dinghy and was met by Tenby Cliff Rescue Team.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.10pm.

Tenby lifeboat Coxswain, Phil John said “Ken was obviously well prepared, he had a VHF radio and GPS but was just unlucky when the wind dropped. We wish him all the best on the rest of his challenge and hope the weather is kinder to him”.

For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


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