St Davids RNLI crew have an early wakeup call

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday May 31 at 6.20am St Davids RNLI lifeboat Norah Wortley, and her volunteer crew launched on service to the aid of a 33ft yacht which had suffered engine failure and had problems with its electrics.

Casualty vessel

RNLI/ St Davids


The yacht which was on passage from Northern Ireland to the Thames estuary, had three persons onboard and was in position 23 nautical miles north west of the station.

Whilst the lifeboat was proceeding and until its arrival, a Irish Naval Warship stood by the yacht to provide safety cover.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew set up a tow line to the yacht and commenced to take it under tow to Fishguard harbour.

On arrival at Fishguard the yacht was secured to the RNLI’s emergency mooring.

With this tasking complete the lifeboat returned to station at St Justinian arriving back at 1.30pm


Media Contacts
For more information please contact Jim Phillips St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791121039 -- 01437721532 or by email: or alternatively contact Danielle Rush Regional Media Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 - 01745585162 or by email:

Casualty Yacht

RNLI/ St Davids

Casualty Vessel

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