Fishguard RNLI assists local yacht in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard all-weather lifeboat and volunteer crew launched on Tuesday morning 22 May to assist a yacht in trouble near Fishguard fort.

The 28 foot yacht 'Tonkawa' with its owner aboard was aground and close to rocks in a small bay south of Fishguard Fort. The sea conditions were quite rough in the area so the owner called UK Coastguard who requested the lifeboat to launch which it did at 8.20am with a full crew.
The daughter boat of the lifeboat, with two lifeboat crew, went to the stricken yacht and attached a towline and attempted to tow the yacht from its stern into deeper water but to no avail. But as the tide was rising and with a further effort from the lifeboat crew the yacht was moved away from danger at 9.30am and its bow line was put onto a nearby mooring. The lifeboat returned to base at 1000am and the yacht motored back onto its permanent mooring in Lower Town harbour when the tide permitted at midday.

Media Contact : for more information contact Peter Kedward, Fishguard RNLI Press Officer on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

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