Early morning call-out for Cardigan RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Both Cardigan RNLI lifeboats were launched in the early hours yesterday morning (28 August) to assist a yacht which had run aground in the River Teifi estuary

RNLI/Tracy Newman

The volunteer crew were paged at 5:00am this morning and launched the Atlantic '85-class lifeboat 'Albatross' by 5:15am. Following a discussion with HM Coastguard it was decided to also launch the in-shore D-class lifeboat, 'Elsie Ida Mead'.

Both boats arrived on scene by 5:20am and following an assessment of the situation and condition of the vessel the decision was taken to tow the yacht clear of the rocks and secure it on the pontoon at Patch.

None of the passengers on board were injured and their prompt action in sending a mayday message to HM Coastguard, meant that the RNLI lifeboat crew were able to assist in the recovery of their vessel and prevent any injuries to the crew.

Both lifeboats returned to the Cardigan Lifeboat Station by 6:30am.

RNLI media contacts:

Tracy Newman, Lifeboat Press Officer at Cardigan Lifeboat Station at [email protected] or alternatively Katie Lewis, Media Engagement Placement, Wales and West at [email protected]

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