Angle RNLI lifeboat launch to injured fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 29 December, Angle lifeboat crew were paged just before 6pm to a 23 metre trawler 32 miles southwest of St Ann's Head.


A fisherman onboard the trawler had suffered a traumatic hand injury. A coastguard helicopter had attempted to retrieve him but had to abort due to the conditions.

With a four meter swell and 30 knot winds Angle lifeboat made its way steadily to the casualty vessel. By 7.30pm the lifeboat was on scene but the conditions were too rough to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat so the decision was made to escort the trawler slowly to the shelter of Milford haven.

Once in the shelter of Milford haven the injured fisherman was transferred to the lifeboat at 10pm. He was taken to the Port Authority jetty and transported to hospital.

The lifeboat was rehoused just before 11pm and the crew gratefully stepped onto ground that wasn't moving.

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