Fishguard RNLI called out to two incidents involving yachts

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI's lifeboats attended two incidents involving one yacht which ended up on the rocks near Saddle Point and the other yacht very nearly was on the rocks at Carreg Tomas.

The first incident took place early morning on Wednesday 05 September when the 38 foot yacht 'Mistral' broke her mooring line in Lower Town and was carried by the large incoming waves and strong winds from the NE onto the rocks near Saddle Point. The inshore lifeboat launched at 0800am and sped to the scene and after ascertaining no-one was aboard the stricken yacht the lifeboat returned to base. As of 12 September the yacht remains on the rocks.
Shortly before 0100am on Wednesday 12 September the inshore lifeboat was again requested to launch by UK Coastguard after the Norwegian 34 foot yacht 'Cleta' with three crew aboard made a 'Mayday' call after the yacht was dragging its two anchors having arrived in Fishguard harbour earlier. The yacht was gradually moving towards the rocks at Carreg Tomas, to the east of Fishguard fort, and its keel was hitting the seabed. The inshore lifeboat launched with three volunteer crew after the alert had been downgraded and the yacht was moving under its own engine away from the danger. The inshore lifeboat escorted the yacht to a sheltered mooring close to the northern breakwater and then returned to station having established all aboard were safe and well.

Media Contact - Peter Kedward Fishguard RNLI Press Officer on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.