RNLI St David's attend drifting fishing vessel spotted from the coast

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Davids’ all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was tasked at 11:43am on Tuesday 29th November to assist a small fishing vessel drifting north of St Davids head with one person on board.

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vessel under tow

The vessel had lost power when its outboard motor engine had become detached and was lost overboard off Abereiddi bay. With no means of calling for help, the boat drifted for some time before on lookers from the coast path saw the casualty waving for assistance and raised the alarm.

The coxswain undertook a risk assessment and decide the best course of action was to tow the vessel to Porthgain harbour. Once off the harbour entrance, the daughter boat was deployed and utilised to place the casualty alongside the quay wall.

With the casualty safely alongside and in the care of HM Coastguard St Davids cliff rescue team, the daughter boat was recovered and we returned to station, rehousing around 1:50pm.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, said:

‘Undoubtedly the casualty is fortunate to have been spotted from the coast path. We would always advise you have a suitable means of calling for help and appropriate safety equipment when heading to sea.'

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Daughter boat assisting casualty vessel back into Porthgain harbour

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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