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Tenby all-weather lifeboat assists vessel in first launch of year

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 4.40pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 following a report that a vessel was in difficulty near Burry Holmes.

The seven metre vessel, with 2 persons aboard, had been on passage from Swansea to Milford Haven when they started to struggle to make headway against the wind and tide.

The volunteer crew made best speed toward the vessel’s last reported position, 15 miles east of Tenby, with Burry Port’s lifeboat also launched to assist in locating the vessel.

On arrival, the casualty vessel was located one mile north-west of Burry Holmes and the skipper of the casualty vessel requested a tow to Tenby. The vessel was taken in tow and on arrival at Tenby harbour some two hours later, the vessel made its own way into the harbour and was moored safely alongside.

At 7.30pm, nearly three hours after launching, the lifeboat returned to station.

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