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 RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.