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Both Tenby lifeboats launched after yacht goes aground in fog

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday 14th April following a report that a yacht had gone aground on Tenby’s Whiteback in thick fog.

RNLI/Ben James

The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the crew recognising the yacht as the same one the all-weather lifeboat had rescued the day before.

Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the skipper of the yacht had been taken ashore by a windsurfer and was in their company on South Beach.

With the vessel well aground, and surf running onto the bank, the helmsman of the lifeboat made the decision to request the extra power of the all-weather lifeboat.

The all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene. The inshore lifeboat then took the tow rope and made it fast on the bow of the yacht. The vessel was then towed off the sandbank and around to Tenby harbour where it was put safely alongside the pier.

The lifeboats then rehoused at 3.10pm.

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