RNLI lifeboats and rescue helicopter alerted after yacht sinks off island
Two RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard rescue helicopter were alerted on Monday (February 25) after a mayday signal from a yacht sinking off the Pembrokeshire coast.
The yacht had run aground on rocks at Gateholm Island, near Marloes on the Dale Peninsula, and the lone yachtsman on board had scrambled on to the nearby cliff.
Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 8.13am and was joined at the scene by Little and Broad Haven RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat Jack and Edith May.
The two lifeboats stood by at the scene as the Coastguard helicopter winched the yachtsman to safety. He was airlifted on to the mainland into the care of Dale Coastguards, who assisted in the rescue mission.
Both lifeboats were subsequently stood down and returned to their stations. It was the fourth call-out so far this year for Angle’s all weather lifeboat.
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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.