Yacht dragging its anchor results in Fishguard RNLI launching.
Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat launched shortly after 3pm on Sunday 21 July after a 40-foot visiting yacht moored within Fishguard harbour was observed to be dragging its anchor in a brisk south-westerly wind.
Initially the yacht was thought to have no-one aboard and the intention was to put one of the inshore lifeboat crew onto the yacht. But as the lifeboats approached the yacht three crew appeared from below deck and were able to move the boat to safer waters and made sure the anchor held. The lifeboats were back at station by 3.30pm,
Key facts about the RNLI
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.