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Early morning call for both Fishguard RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

A visiting yacht entering Fishguard Harbour in darkness in the early hours of Thursday (10 August) fouled its propeller on a stray rope.

The UK Coastguard was contacted by VHF radio by the yacht and Fishguard's inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist the 34foot yacht shortly after 4am.

The lifeboat and its volunteer crew was quickly in attendance and established that the all-weather lifeboat was required to undergo the tow of the stricken yacht.

The Trent Class lifeboat launched at 4.50am and towed the yacht to the safety of the RNLI mooring after the inshore crew had cut the offending rope. Both lifeboats then rehoused shortly after 6am.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Peter Kedward, Fishguard RNLI Press Officer, on 01348 872359 or 07813 180062.

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