Crippled yacht rescued by Angle RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A 10 metre yacht, which suffered engine and rigging failure off the Pembrokeshire coast, was towed to safety on Tuesday last (May 22) by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.

The view from Angle RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat on May 22 as the crippled yacht is towed towards Neyland.

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The view from Angle RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat on May 22 as the crippled yacht is towed towards Neyland.

The yacht, with three people on board, was six miles south-west of St Ann’s Head.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 9.49am and arrived on the scene at 10.26am. After confirming that all was okay on board the yacht, lifeboat volunteers rigged a tow and a course was set for Neyland.

On arrival at Neyland at 12.40pm the tow was handed over to the marina’s work boat to berth the yacht.

With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 1.22pm after over 3.5hours at sea. It was the second call-out in four days for the lifeboat. On May 18 she was launched at 4.28pm to assist Dyfed Powys Police in a search for a possible despondent female, thought to be in the Monk Haven area of the Milford Haven Waterway.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene in 17 minutes and deployed her Y Boat. The Y Boat conducted a close-in shoreline search, with the lifeboat and police vessel searching further offshore. A thorough search of the area was undertaken with no sightings.

As there was no further information or reported missing persons, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused just after 7.30pm.

RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or email ted.goddard@hotmail.com.

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