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Fishguard RNLI volunteers rescue stricken boat and three crew

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Monday 29 May) to a boat with two adults and a child on board which had lost power and was drifting.

Fishguard RNLI all-weather lifeboat Blue Peter VII

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Fishguard RNLI all-weather lifeboat Blue Peter VII

The station's crew were paged at about noon after the 16ft boat, which had suffered engine failure, was seen drifting by members of the public at Pencaer, near Strumble Head.

Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Blue Peter VII launched shortly after and made best speed to the location, where the crew established a towline with the casualty vessel.

Its crew of two adults and a child had been fishing in fine conditions with light winds when their engine failed but the bigger than normal tides meant they were drafting at a decent rate.

Once the tow was set up, the lifeboat brought the boat back to Fishguard harbour, before returning to station to be readied for its next call-out.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures, which should be credited RNLI/Fishguard show:

- Fishguard RNLI all-weather lifeboat Blue Peter VII.

- The boat with engine failure in tow behind the RNLI lifeboat.

For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

The boat with engine failure in tow behind the RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Fishguard

The boat with engine failure in tow behind the RNLI lifeboat

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