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Cardigan RNLI lifeboat volunteers called out three times in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Cardigan RNLI lifeboat volunteers launched both the station’s Atlantic 85 and D-class in-shore boats at 5:16pm yesterday (12 August).

Following a call from HM Coastguard the boats were requested to assist a yacht which experienced fuel problems and had grounded on rocks near Patch Caravan Site.  Both persons on board were safe and the yacht was anchored up to await high tide.

The second call out at 01:16am was to the same yacht which had refloated with the tide but suffered a flat battery and was unable to start its engine.  The D-class in-shore lifeboat was launched to tow the yacht to the pontoon in Patch.

The third call out received at 10:12am today (13 August), was to reports of a small sailing dinghy in difficulty 1.5 miles north of Cardigan Island.  The D-class lifeboat was launched and on scene at 10:33am. However, the boat was a fishing vessel carrying out its normal fishing activities and not in any difficulty.  The call was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

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