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New Quay RNLI lifeboat assists broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The New Quay lifeboat station responded to a 7.15am call on Wednesday (30 August)to rescue a broken down fishing boat.

The all-weather lifeboat the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, with coxswain Daniel Potter at the helm, was despatched to the rescue of a local fishing boat, the Billy Thomas, which had broken down some 10 miles west of New Quay Head.

The cause of breakdown was established as a fouled propeller and there was no option but to attach a rope and tow the stricken vessel back to New Quay Harbour. The weather and sea conditions were good and this was accomplished without difficulty with the crew standing down at 10am.

Notes to editors:

New Quay lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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