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Two shouts in 24 hours for Fishguard RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched on Monday (22 May) to go towards Lower Town, Fishguard where a 40 foot fishing boat had gone onto the rocks.

Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat on scene at the aground fishing boat

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Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat on scene at the aground fishing boat

A member of the public called the UK Coastguard after witnessing the fishing boat Fresni, with its four crew members, firmly aground on the rocks on the west side of Lower Town harbour at 5.30pm.

The all-weather lifeboat also launched shortly afterwards and went to the scene. Both lifeboats were stood down after establishing that the fishermen were safe and well and also the fishing boat was not in a hazardous situation. The fishing boat eventually floated off the rocks on the following morning's high tide and moved the short distance to Lower Town quay wall for repairs.

Then at 7am on Tuesday (23 May) the all-weather lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, was again tasked by the UK Coastguard to meet with the 32 foot yacht Breakfast Light, which was positioned 15 miles northwest of Strumble Head en-route from Holyhead to Milford Haven and had suffered engine failure in the night, was in thick sea-fog, and becalmed.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.30am and took the yacht, with its five crew members, under tow back to Fishguard arriving there at 11.25am and the yacht was brought alongside the harbour wall before the lifeboat stood down.

One of the yachtsmen said: 'It was a great relief to see the orange lifeboat appear out of the fog. We were very thankful for their presence and enormous assistance'

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat on scene at the aground fishing boat.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Peter Kedward, Fishguard RNLI Press Officer, on 01348 872359 or 07813 180062.

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