Cardigan Lifeboat was launch to a fishing boat in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Cardigan’s inshore lifeboat launched this afternoon (Sunday 19 May) to reports of a vessel in trouble near Cardigan Island.

Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat 'Elsie Ida Mead' on way to helping shipping vessel

RNLI/Tracy Newman

Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat 'Elsie Ida Mead'

Cardigan's RNLI D-Class lifeboat Elsie Ida Mead' was launched at 2.10pm today (19 May) to a small fishing vessel, with two crew onboard, which had experienced steering failure. The boat had broken down close to rocks surrounding Cardigan Island.

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel to a safe anchorage and put the two fishermen safely ashore.

Cardigan volunteer lifeboat crew will relaunch later today, when the tide has turned, to help recover the fishing boat.

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