RNLI St Davids come to the aid of stricken fishing boat off Ramsey island

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard on Saturday 13 August to a small fishing vessel suffering main engine failure on the West side of Ramsey island.

RNLI/St Davids lifeboat station

Fishing boat under tow

The casualty vessel had two people on board, but despite having an auxiliary engine it had proved inadequate against the strong spring tide tidal flows.

St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat came alongside and decided the best way to assist was to tow the casualty back to Porthclais harbour and put them on the outer mooring whilst they waited for tide to rise.

Once off the harbour, the tow was released and the boat made its own way onto the outer mooring using their auxiliary engine.

St Davids RNLI then deployed the Y-boat to assist the two persons into the harbour where they could retrieve their tender, wait for the tide and get further assistance in the meantime.

The lifeboat and her volunteer crew returned to station and rehoused around 5.45pm.

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