Five shouts in seven days for Angle Lifeboat

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Five shouts in seven days for Angle Lifeboat

RNLI/David Barrett

Five shouts in seven days for Angle Lifeboat

The first shout came when the crew were paged at 5pm Monday evening to conduct a search for a missing person along the coastline near West Angle Bay. The missing person was located by coastguard teams on the shore and transferred to hospital by coastguard rescue helicopter 187.

On Thursday the lifeboat launched for the second time in the week at 8pm to a 5-metre RIB with 4 people on board. It had suffered engine failure 4 miles north of Jack Sound. Making good speed the lifeboat was on scene shortly after 8.30pm. Once a tow was established the vessel was towed back to Milford marina arriving at 11pm.

The crew were paged for the third shout of the week on Friday evening, shortly after 9pm, to a report of 3 people cut off by the tide at Black Bridge area of Castle Pill. Angle lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and while crew were preparing to deploy the Y boat reports came through that the people had now made their way to safety and were in the care of Dale Coastguard Teams.

Angle lifeboat was next paged on Saturday at 11.59am to a man overboard mayday from a yacht just off Stack Rock Fort. The lifeboat made best speed to the location arriving shortly after. The casualty had been recovered by a local survey vessel who, along with other vessel, had responded to the vessel mayday call for assistance. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the survey vessel and the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat where the crew provided casualty care for a head injury. The casualty was taken to the Mackerel Stage at Milford Haven where they were handed into the care of ambulance paramedics and transferred to hospital.

The fifth shout within seven days came Sunday afternoon at 2.37pm. The tasking was to provide casualty care to kayaker who had been rescued by a passing fishing boat at Brimstone Rock off Freshwater West beach. The fishing boat brought the kayaker to the lifeboat station slipway where they were met by lifeboat crew who gave the kayaker casualty care and checked him over before he headed back to his friends at Freshwater West.

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