Fishguard RNLI volunteers assist broken down fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard's all-weather lifeboat with seven crew was tasked by UK Coastguard to go to a commercial fishing boat located 12 miles NNE of Fishguard harbour on Sunday 13 May.

The whelker 'Chris Tacha' with five crew aboard had suffered an hydraulic steering failure. The lifeboat launched at 5pm in good sea conditions and upon locating the fishing boat took it under tow back to Fishguard. After forty minutes into the tow the steering problem was rectified and the fishing boat was released to make its own way. The lifeboat then headed back to Fishguard arriving back at station at 7.20pm

RNLI Media contact : Peter Kedward, Fishguard Press Officer on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

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