Crews respond to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early alarm call for the crew of Angle Lifeboat this morning (30 March) when the pagers sounded at 1:30am

Yacht under tow

RNLI/Lewis Creese

Yacht under tow
It was an early alarm call for the crew of Angle Lifeboat this morning when the pagers sounded at 1:30am. The tasking was to assist a 43ft yacht with a solo sailor on board who had lost all navigation electronics and steering in fog off St Govans Shoals.

A cargo vessel responded to the mayday and stood by the yacht until Angle RNLI lifeboat arrived. Tenby lifeboat were also responding, and were stood down once Angle arrived on scene.

The on-scene assessment and discussion with the skipper of the yacht meant he was escorted as far as Freshwater West then a tow was established at the request of the Port Authority due to the foggy conditions and the yacht’s lack of navigational equipment. The vessel was then towed to Milford Docks where a very relieved skipper will be able to undertake repairs.

The lifeboat returned to the station and rehoused by 6:15am.

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