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New Quay and Fishguard RNLI lifeboats rescue broken down fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat at New Quay RNLI was called at 9.30am on Tuesday (26 September) to assist a broken down fishing boat stranded 24 miles to the north.

The Emma Louise shortly before being taken in tow

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The Emma Louise shortly before being taken in tow

New Quay RNLI Coxswain Daniel Potter and his crew located the 16m boat, the Emma Louise, registered in Cornwall and currently based in Fishguard. With seven crew on board it was fishing for whelks when the engine failed and a call for assistance had to be made.

After assessing the situation, the decision was made to undertake the long tow back to Fishguard. This proceeded without incident in generally good sea conditions as far as off Cemaes Head where Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat took over the tow at 3.30pm for the rest of the journey.

The New Quay lifeboat returned to its station at shortly after 5pm, a very long day for its volunteer crew.

The Fishguard RNLI crew successfully brought the broken down boat into harbour and returned to station shortly after 6pm.

Notes to editors:

The picture shows the Emma Louise shortly before being taken in tow.

New Quay lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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