Tenby all-weather lifeboat launched after yacht reported to be taking on water
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 2pm on Friday 13th April, after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a yacht in Carmarthen Bay to say they were taking on water.
After a brief search, the volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel some 7 miles east of Tenby.
The lifeboat then went alongside the vessel, where the crew requested a tow to Tenby. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht, where its crew confirmed the bilge pump was broken. Luckily, one of the lifeboat crew is also a station deputy mechanic and fixed the bilge pump whilst on the way back to Tenby!
Once back in Tenby, the vessel was placed on one of the outside moorings, and the lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 3.15pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland