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St Davids RNLI volunteer crew respond to Mayday of sinking vessel.

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday (30 May, 2021) St Davids all-weather lifeboat was paged at 10.06am to a Mayday call from motor cruiser with two passengers on board who had found they were suddenly taking on water in the Whitesands Bay Area and sinking.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

In an attempt to save the vessel and themselves they drove the boat into Pencarnan bay, and beached it on Porthsele Beach. Only just making it ashore, as the vessel had begun to lose power.

On arrival the vessel and casualties were on the beach, so the crew deployed the Y-Boat to investigate and see what assistance could be provided. The crew proceeded to help the casualties off the vessel and secure it safely to the shore.

As it was high tide at the time of incident the vessel was soon hard aground. With both casualties and boat safe ashore and St Davids HM Coastguard team on scene the lifeboat returned to station and was rehoused and ready for service by 11:45am.

The boat was repaired during the day and as the tide reached it yesterday evening it successfully re-floated.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

RNLI/Ellen Evans

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