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Angle RNLI lifeboat tows fishing vessel to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was alerted on Sunday (May 27), at the request of the UK Coastguard, after a 25 metre fishing vessel suffered complete engine failure off the South Pembrokeshire coast.

The fishing vessel under tow to Milford by Angle RNLI’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

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The fishing vessel under tow to Milford by Angle RNLI’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

The 207 tons vessel, with four people on board, was approximately eight miles south-south-west of St Ann’s Head.

The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 7.16am and once on scene, at 8.02am, a tow was rigged and a course was set for Milford Docks.

On arrival, the fishing vessel was placed on a tug mooring in East Angle Bay, as there was insufficient water to allow entry into the Docks.

The lifeboat was then released and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 11.50am, after over 4.5 hours at sea.

Later that day, at 7.27pm, the lifeboat was again requested to launch, following reports that a teenager, unable to swim, was in the water off Wards Pier, Milford Haven.

As the crew was preparing to launch, the lifeboat was stood down at 7.35pm, as the casualty had been assisted by the local pilot vessel.

RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or email

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