Fishguard RNLI lifeboat responds to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 9 November at 11.38 am the Fishguard inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a small boat with engine problems.

The vessel with 2 people on board had suffered engine failure near Carreg Thomas rocks, close to Fishguard fort. Because the crew of the small boat could not get their anchor to hold and the boat was drifting towards the rocks, the Coastguard was treating the incident as a Mayday call, as there was a danger to life. While the volunteer lifeboat crew were on their way however, the crew of the vessel in trouble had managed to get their anchor to hold so the risk to life was reduced.

The inshore lifeboat secured a tow and took the boat and crew to Goodwick slip where they were met by the Coastguard team. The sea conditions were described as unpleasant with a fresh west wind.




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