New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat launched to stricken fishing vessel
On Friday night (15 February) New Quay RNLI’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, Frank & Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, launched on service at 10.30pm to a stricken fishing boat.
Milford Haven’s HM Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to a 12 metre fishing vessel, with two persons on board, that had suffered power failure and a parted anchor cable, leaving the vessel adrift approximately five miles north west of New Quay.
Dan Potter, New Quay RNLI’s Coxswain said, “After locating the fishing boat, the crew had managed to regain power but, with no means of navigation, they requested to be escorted to New Quay harbour. It was a dangerous position to be in, being out at sea at night with intermittent power and no navigation aids. We were happy to help.”
With the fishing vessel secured on a mooring, the lifeboat was rehoused and the crew were stood down at 1 am.
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