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Three call-outs in three days for Angle RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Friday afternoon (June 3), after a 6.4 metre leisure craft collided with the East Angle starboard hand lateral buoy in the Milford Haven Waterway.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 3.36pm to assist the craft, which had two adults and three children on board.

Local vessels, which witnessed the incident, went to assist those on board and transferred the passengers to the safety of the Milford Haven Port Authority jetty.

With the lifeboat on the scene, it was decided to remove the leisure craft and ground her on the beach at East Angle Bay, aided by the Milford Haven Port Authority patrol boat.

With the casualty aground and with her owner, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 4.56pm.

It was the third call-out in three days for the all weather lifeboat.

On Wednesday (June 1), she was launched at 8.17am to assist a 12m yacht that had run aground off Neyland Spit. There were three people on board.

The lifeboat reached the scene in nine minutes and found the yacht hard aground and listing to port, with one hour before low water. The lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and went alongside the yacht to assess the situation and to offer any assistance.

The decision was then made to set the yacht’s anchor to prevent her washing ashore with the rising tide.

With no further assistance required, and with the yacht’s skipper happy that no damaged has been caused to the vessel, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat was released at 9.28am to return to her station.

Later that day, the all weather lifeboat was launched at 6.50pm to assist two children on paddleboards drifting offshore, due to the wind and tide, off West Angle Bay.

Two local workboats and a rescue helicopter also responded to the Coastguard’s mayday broadcast, with the workboats arriving shortly before the lifeboat, which was on the scene in five minutes.

The casualties were then just being landed on West Angle beach. The lifeboat’s Y Boat was deployed and went ashore to check whether any medical attention was needed.

As no further assistance was required, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 7.20pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat with the 12m yacht, which ran aground off Neyland Spit on Wednesday, June 1.
Photo: Bryan Tucker.

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