Drifting buoy triggers Fishguard lifeboat launch.

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 2pm on Thursday 18 October after a passenger on the 'Stena Europe' ferry to Rosslare reported seeing a red kayak out at sea when the ferry was approximately one mile north west of Strumble Head.

The information was relayed by the ferry to UK Coastguard at Milford Haven and the lifeboat was requested to launch and investigate. Upon searching the area there was no sign of a kayak but a large red port navigation buoy was found drifting, having broken free from its origin which was unknown. The buoy was too large to be brought on board the lifeboat so its exact description and position were passed to UK Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station.

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

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