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Drifting motorboat towed to safety by Fishguard RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Both Fishguard lifeboats with full volunteer crews launched on Monday 18 June and headed to Dinas Head after a pleasure boat called UK Coastguard by VHF after their engine failed.

The 17-foot motorboat with two persons onboard came out of Pwllgwaelod but their engine failed and the south-westerly stiff breeze pushed them out along the Dinas Head coastline and out to sea, half a mile north-west of the headland, by the time the in-shore lifeboat and all-weather lifeboat reached them, having launched at 2.40pm.
After ascertaining the two persons aboard were safe and well the motorboat was taken under tow back to Pwllgwaelod by the all-weather lifeboat and the tow was then transferred to the inshore lifeboat in order to run the stricken motorboat the short distance up to the beach and safety. The two lifeboats then returned to base just before 4pm.

Media contact: For further information contact Peter Kedward, Fishguard RNLI Press Officer on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

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