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Angle lifeboat in six-hour mission to aid drifting fishing vessel

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Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted in the early hours of Monday (August 7) to assist a 220 ton fishing vessel, which had lost all power and was drifting in the Irish Sea.

The crippled fishing vessel viewed from Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason.

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The crippled fishing vessel viewed from Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason.

The 21 metre vessel was 50 miles south-west of St Ann’s Head and the Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched to her aid at 3.47am.

While heading for her position, it was reported that another fishing vessel had offered to tow the casualty to the Irish port of Dunmore East and was due on the scene at approximately 7am. The lifeboat reached the fishing vessel at 6.10am and was tasked to standby on the scene until the tow commenced.

The lifeboat manoeuvred alongside the casualty to ascertain if all was okay on board and, when this had been confirmed, stood off until the arrival of the assisting fishing vessel.

Once the tow was connected, the lifeboat was released at 7.20am and headed back towards Angle. While passing The Smalls, still 18 miles away from the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway, the lifeboat was tasked to assist in the search for a missing person in the Milford area.

While the Mark Mason was making best speed, it was confirmed that the person had been found, so there was no longer any need of assistance. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 9.55am, after over six hours at sea.

Towards the end of that day, Angle’s D class inshore lifeboat was launched just after 10pm to the report of a tender which had engine failure off Hobbs Point Pembroke Dock. There were three people on board.

As the lifeboat was launching it was reported that the three had made it to their yacht, but still required assistance to get ashore.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 10.23pm and ferried the casualties, and their tender, to the slipway at Hobbs Point. Once all were ashore, the lifeboat was released and returned to her station to be rehoused at 11.10pm.

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RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which went to the aid of a drifting fishing vessel 50 miles off St Ann’s Head.

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Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which went to the aid of a drifting fishing vessel 50 miles off St Ann’s Head.

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