Byline: An 8m yacht, which suffered steering failure off the Pembrokeshire coast, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat on Saturday (22 June).
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched, at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, at 7.10 am to go to the aid of the yacht in St Bride’s Bay.
When the lifeboat reached the scene, a crew member was transferred to the drifting casualty to help assist the single-handed sailor, who was on passage from Padstow in Cornwall to Milford Haven.
A tow was connected and the lifeboat started to make its way to Milford. Due to the size of the yacht and the sea conditions, it was decided that it would be safer to tow through Jack Sound, rather than going around Skomer Island.
Once the lifeboat was opposite Milford Docks, the casualty was placed in an alongside tow and taken into the lock pits, where she was safely secured to the pontoon at 11.15am.
The lifeboat then returned to her Angle station at 11.40am after 4.5 hours at sea.
Note to editors
Picture shows RNLI Angle's all-weather lifeboat, with the crippled yacht alongside, at the entrance to Milford Docks lock pits.
Photo: RNLI Angle.
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