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Three tasking in four days for Angle lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The first tasking came early hours of bank holiday Monday May 2.

The first tasking came early hours of bank holiday Monday May 2.

The crew were paged just before 2.30am to assist with a multi-agency incident at the Cleddau bridge. The lifeboat was on scene at 2:52am and stayed in position until being stood down by the coastguard at 4:38am.

The pagers sounded for the second time of the week just after 7pm Tuesday May 3 to a 37ft yacht with two people on board 8 miles south of St Ann's Head.

The yacht had suffered gearbox failure and with no wind to be able to sail she was being towed by a smaller yacht but was struggling to make headway towing the larger vessel. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene just before 8pm a discussion was had a decision was made for the lifeboat to take over tow.

A steady tow in perfect conditions the casualty vessel was placed alongside on the lock at Milford Marina at 9:36pm.

The third tasking came Thursday May 5 just after noon. Crews were tasked to assist a casualty suffering a suspected heart attack on Skomer Island.

The Lifeboat made good speed and arrived on scene at 12:38. Two crewmembers were put ashore to assess the casualty and commence casualty care. They were soon joined by a Paramedic from Rescue 187 from St Athan.

As a plan was being made to evacuate the casualty, members of HM Coastguard Dale were ferried by the Lifeboat from Martins Haven to Skomer to assist with moving the casualty to the helicopter.

Once the casualty was in the helicopter, they were transfer to the mainland to a waiting ambulance, with two of the coastguard team on board, Angle Lifeboat took the remaining coastguard team member back to Martins Haven and lifeboat returned to station.

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