St Davids lifeboat launched to three people on inflatable dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 3 August, St Davids All-weather lifeboat ‘Norah Wortley’ launched to three persons on board an inflatable dinghy caught in the tide.

RNLI/Judd Kohler

RNLI crew took dinghy on board to reunite it with its owners.
St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Norah Wortley’ was launched at 12:28pm on 11 August to reports of an inflatable dinghy, off Pwll Caerog beach, being dragged out to sea in the tide.

Milford Haven Coastguard issued a call requesting the help of all vessels in the area to attend and passenger boat Ocean Ranger and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat responded. On the arrival of the St David's lifeboat, ten minutes after the launch, the casualties had been taken aboard the responding vessels. Once the casualties were transferred to the Norah Wortley and checked over for injuries and hypothermia, they were confirmed well and taken to Abereiddy Beach with the Y-Boat and met by St Davids Coastguards.

As the volunteer crew began their return to the station, a second dinghy was found on the coastline, once confirmed that all occupants were safe and well ashore, it was returned to the beach and the crew made their way back to station.

St Davids Lifeboat was ready for service again at 2:20pm.

The RNLI states that inflatable dinghy’s are not appropriate sea going vessels, and if you do intend to go to sea then please ensure you have the correct safety equipment and means to call for help.

For more information contact St Davids Lifeboat Press Officer, contact Ellen on 07800 844291 or email [email protected]

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