New Quay RNLI assist yacht in rough sea conditions
On Thursday 13 June New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ was launched to assist a 30 foot yacht as it was entering the harbour in rough sea conditions.
The vessel was on passage to Milford Haven when they decided to shelter in New Quay harbour. New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Couch and Mechanic Bernie Davies were watching from the lifeboat station and saw the events unfold.
Roger said, “The weather had taken a turn for the worst with winds gusting from the north west, force 5-6. As the vessel was entering the harbour she was broaching in the surf and stared to run aground. Seeing that they were in difficulty, we decided to launch our inshore lifeboat.”
With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat launched to offer assistance. Brett Stones, lifeboat helm, said, “By the time we reached them they had managed to get themselves clear of the shallow water and we helped them moor up safely on the lifeboat mooring. They had decided to come into New Quay harbour to shelter from the weather and stay overnight.”
The inshore lifeboat was stood down and rehoused while the yacht remained on the lifeboat mooring until they were able to safely moor alongside the pier at high tide.
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