Tenby all-weather Lifeboat launched after yacht suffers fouled propeller
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm on Monday 16th July following a report from the lone occupant of a yacht, stating that he had suffered fouled propeller eight miles south-east of Tenby.
Once on scene some 20 minutes later, the volunteer lifeboat crew attempted to remove the rope, which appeared to be from a string of lobster pots. Unfortunately, this failed, so the skipper requested a tow back to Tenby.
With the tide too low to enter the harbour, the casualty vessel was placed on the RNLI mooring in North Bay, with a view to launching the inshore lifeboat to tow the vessel in alongside the pier once the tide allowed.
The lifeboat then returned to station, re-housing at 6.30pm
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.