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Six hours at sea and 136 miles covered for Haydn Miller on busy Bank Holiday Sat

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat managed to clock up 136 miles at sea on Saturday 28th August, with three shouts - including a sprint half way to Ireland, when a 6.5m boat started taking on water in the Irish Sea.

The first shout of the day came just after midday, when the Coastguard received a call stating that two kayaks were in difficulty off Stackpole.

The volunteer crew made best speed to the area and quickly located the kayaks. After making sure the occupants were unhurt, they were returned to

As they were leaving Stackpole, they were then tasked to a yacht that had suffered engine and electrical failure off Linney Head. They were unable to sail due to light winds.

As the crew were passing the tow to the yacht, an urgent call came in from a 6.5 metre vessel which had a cracked hull and was taking on water in the Irish Sea, around 50 miles south-west of Haydn Miller’s position.

As the yacht was not in any danger, the Haydn Miller was re-tasked to the sinking vessel, whilst Angle lifeboat was launched to assist the yacht.

After steaming into the Irish Sea for 90 minutes, the volunteer crew arrived alongside the casualty vessel just after the fellow Tamar class lifeboat from Kilmore Quay in southern Ireland. Following a discussion with their Irish RNLI colleagues, it was decided that the vessel would be towed back to Ireland, so the Tenby lifeboat started the two hour journey back to station, arriving just after 6pm.

In total, they’d covered 136 miles over their six hours at sea.

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