Both New Quay RNLI lifeboats tasked to boat on rocks
On Wednesday 4 July at 2.15pm, New Quay’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard following reports of a boat aground on rocks, south of Aberaeron.
The 16ft vessel, with two persons onboard, had suffered engine failure while fishing and had been blown onto rocks in the fresh northerly breeze.
The inshore lifeboat was the first to arrive on scene and a crew member went aboard the grounded vessel to assess the situation.
Pete Yates, helm of the inshore lifeboat said, “After confirming that the occupants were unhurt and having assessed the condition of the vessel, we were able to refloat the boat before towing it into deeper water.
“Due to concerns over possible damage to the hull, we passed the tow to the all-weather lifeboat in case the salvage pump was required.”
The boat was taken in tow to New Quay harbour and secured on a mooring, with both lifeboats rehoused and ready for service by 5.30pm.
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “It is a good time to remind seafarers of the precautions and equipment needed when taking to the water. Remember to wear lifejackets and to carry a good anchor and a VHF radio in case you need to call for help.”
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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.