Fishguard RNLI & New Quay RNLI conduct a joint tow of a fishing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

A fishing boat suffering engine failure was towed back to Fishguard in a joint towing operation between New Quay RNL and Fishguard RNLI on Tuesday 03 March.

The 16 metre steel fishing boat, with five crew aboard, suffered engine failure due to a rope wrapped around its propeller. Initially New Quay RNLI, the nearest station to the fishing boat, responded to the 'shout' and took the vessel under tow towards Fishguard, its home port. Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was dispatched at 2.50pm to take over the tow which it did in the area of Cemaes Head, near Cardigan, arriving back at Fishguard harbour at 5pm whereby the towline was shortened in order to bring the stricken vessel alongside the harbour quay wall at 5.20pm whereupon the lifeboat returned to its nearby station.

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