Fishguard RNLI launch to yacht in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht located 13 miles north of Strumble Head contacted UK Coastguard after taking on water and the all-weather lifeboat launched at 1100hrs on Tuesday 18 June to render assistance.

The 48 foot yacht 'Star Hunter' with three crew aboard was heading for Neyland when its propellor became fouled which resulted in water leaking into the boat. A 'Pan Pan' call was made by VHF radio to the Coastguard and Fishguard's all-weather lifeboat was requested to attend.
The lifeboat arrived at the yacht's location at 1145hrs and the lifeboat engineer went aboard to assess the problem which resulted with the yacht turning back to Fishguard with the lifeboat as escort.
Arriving at Fishguard harbour at 1350hrs, the yacht moored outside Lower Town harbour to await the low tide and to address the problem. The lifeboat returned to station at 1430hrs after ensuring the yacht was safely moored.

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