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Early hours call for RNLI St Davids to yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI St Davids launched its all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley in the early hours to reports of a yacht in difficulty at north haven, Skomer island.

RNLI/St Davids

The volunteer crew of St David's RNLI were paged at 00:42am on Monday 10th October. The lifeboat then made best speed to the 30 foot yacht which had earlier moored to a buoy to shelter from the moderate to rough sea conditions.

The solo yachtsman had battled Skomer islands treacherous tidal overfalls before requesting assistance. Upon scene, the decision was taken for a volunteer crew member to board the yacht and assist as the yachts engine struggled with the sea conditions. Norah Wortley escorted the casualty vessel to the nearest safe haven at Dale, with the lifeboat returning to station at 4:40am.

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