St Davids RNLI go to the aid of crew on 9m yacht in difficulty
St Davids RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was requested at 11.37am this morning (Sunday 2 May) to a 9m yacht in difficulty approximately five miles north east of St Davids Head.
The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat Norah Wortley, at 11.49am, and made their way to the casualty vessel which was suffering engine failure and had a rope stuck in their running gear.
On arrival, the crew came alongside the casualty vessel to discuss their options. It was decided due to the weather deteriorating over the next 24 hours to tow the boat to Fishguard Harbour where they would be well protected to the elements to enable them to effect repairs before carrying on.
They were placed on the Fishguard RNLI casualty mooring at 2.50pm and the volunteer crew returned to station.
St Davids RNLI spokesperson said: 'This was the perfect situation in which to put our new towing equipment to the test during a service call after plenty of training over the last few exercises.’
When out at sea, we would remind everyone to always wear an appropriate lifejacket, a lways carry a means of calling and signalling for help and always check the weather and tide times.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.