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Angle lifeboat alerted twice in two days to help yachts

Lifeboats News Release

A 13 metre yacht, which fouled her propeller two miles south-west of Skomer Island, was towed to safety on Thursday (August 17) by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.

The yacht, with a fouled propeller, pictured in an alongside tow with Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat as they approach the Mackerel Stage, Milford Docks, on Thursday (August 17).

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The yacht, with a fouled propeller, pictured in an alongside tow with Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat as they approach the Mackerel Stage, Milford Docks, on Thursday (August 17).

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 1.29am, at the request of the UK Coastguard, after a ‘pan pan’ broadcast from the yacht, which was on passage from Milford Haven to Ireland with five people on board.

The yacht’s propeller had become fouled on a pot buoy, anchoring her to the seabed, and she was unable to free herself.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2.05am to find the yacht lying stern to the weather and tide with the pot buoy being visible as the yacht was pitching and rolling due to the sea conditions.

After several attempts to secure a grapnel to the buoy line, the line parted and the yacht was now drifting with the propeller still fouled. The skipper of the yacht decided to raise the sails in an attempt to return to port. However, it was soon evident that the fouled propeller was also obstructing the steering.

Once the yacht’s sails were lowered, a tow was rigged by the lifeboat and the vessel was taken to the Mackerel Stage at Milford, where she was berthed alongside. With no further assistance required, the lifeboat returned to her station to be rehoused at 6.15am, after nearly five hours at sea.

The following day (August 18), the all weather lifeboat launched to the report of a yacht, with three people on board, in difficulty off Rudders Boatyard, Burton, on the Milford Haven Waterway.

The lifeboat was launched at 6.18pm and as she was approaching Pembroke Dock, information was received that a small vessel had taken two of the crew off the yacht, which was now aground with one person remaining on board.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene to find the yacht hard aground in shallow water, so the Y Boat was launched to assess the situation. It was decided to deploy the yacht’s anchor to aid the recovery at the next high water, and to evacuate the occupant to the lifeboat.

The occupant was taken to the pontoon at Rudders Boatyard, where Coastguard Rescue Officers were waiting. The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 7.50pm.

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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 all weather lifeboat was alerted on Friday (August 18) to this yacht, aground near Burton on the Milford Haven Waterway.

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Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Friday (August 18) to this yacht, aground near Burton on the Milford Haven Waterway.

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