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Byline: The crew of RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat were at sea for over ten hours after a yacht ran aground on rocks at South Haven, Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat
Mark Mason was launched at 11.19pm on
Wednesday night (10 July), at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, and
reached the casualty in less than 30 minutes.


The yacht’s stern was high and dry on rocks, but her bow was still
afloat on the dropping tide. Due to this precarious position, her crew had
decided to abandon to another yacht anchored in the same bay.
The lifeboat’s Y boat was launched to ease communications between the
vessels, and to make an initial assessment of any damage to the yacht as
requested by the Coastguard.

 

Meanwhile, the owner and crew of the casualty were taken back to Dale by
one of the yachts anchored in the bay.

Because the tide still had 3 hours to ebb it was decided that the lifeboat
would remain on scene to assist the vessel should it refloat, or mitigate
damage to the vessel/environment if she didn’t.

 

At low water the vessel was about 25 degrees down at the bow, and
listing 35 degrees to port. Fortunately, she started to refloat on the incoming
tide. 

Once the tide had risen and the yacht was close to refloating, the Y boat
was re-deployed to assess the condition of the yacht. It was found that she was
still watertight and the only apparent damage was to the rudder that was
snapped in half. Once afloat the yacht’s steering was checked and was
functioning correctly. 
The lifeboat connected a tow and the yacht was taken to Milford Haven
with the Y boat in tow behind it. Once opposite Milford Docks, the casualty was
taken into an alongside tow to the Mackerel Stage, where she was safely secured
alongside the pontoon. 
The lifeboat was released to return to her station to be rehoused at
9.30am. 
It was the second call-out in four days for the RNLI
Angle all weather lifeboat. 
On Saturday (13 July) she launched at 8.52am to a report
of a 9.5m catamaran yacht becalmed, and with not enough fuel, 13.5 miles south
of St Anne’s Head. 
Once on scene a lifeboat crew member was transferred to
the casualty to assist the single-handed sailor. A tow was connected and the lifeboat
proceeded to Dale, where the tow was disconnected and the yacht made her own
way alongside the pontoon. 
The lifeboat retrieved her crewman and returned to her Angle
station to be rehoused at 12.20pm.
Note to editors

 

The picture shows the yacht aground on rocks at
South Haven, Skomer Island.

Photo: RNLI Angle.

RNLI media contacts: 

For more information please telephone
Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or
Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829
or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations
on 01202336789

Byline: The crew of RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat were at sea for over ten hours after a yacht ran aground on rocks at South Haven, Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 11.19pm on Wednesday night (10 July), at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, and reached the casualty in less than 30 minutes.

The yacht’s stern was high and dry on rocks, but her bow was still afloat on the dropping tide. Due to this precarious position, her crew had decided to abandon to another yacht anchored in the same bay.

The lifeboat’s Y boat was launched to ease communications between the vessels, and to make an initial assessment of any damage to the yacht as requested by the Coastguard.   Meanwhile, the owner and crew of the casualty were taken back to Dale by one of the yachts anchored in the bay.

Because the tide still had 3 hours to ebb it was decided that the lifeboat would remain on scene to assist the vessel should it refloat, or mitigate damage to the vessel/environment if she didn't.   At low water the vessel was about 25 degrees down at the bow, and listing 35 degrees to port. Fortunately, she started to refloat on the incoming tide. 

Once the tide had risen and the yacht was close to refloating, the Y boat was re-deployed to assess the condition of the yacht. It was found that she was still watertight and the only apparent damage was to the rudder that was snapped in half. Once afloat the yacht’s steering was checked and was functioning correctly. 

The lifeboat connected a tow and the yacht was taken to Milford Haven with the Y boat in tow behind it. Once opposite Milford Docks, the casualty was taken into an alongside tow to the Mackerel Stage, where she was safely secured alongside the pontoon. 

The lifeboat was released to return to her station to be rehoused at 9.30am. 

It was the second call-out in four days for the RNLI Angle all weather lifeboat. 

On Saturday (13 July) she launched at 8.52am to a report of a 9.5m catamaran yacht becalmed, and with not enough fuel, 13.5 miles south of St Anne’s Head. 

Once on scene a lifeboat crew member was transferred to the casualty to assist the single-handed sailor. A tow was connected and the lifeboat proceeded to Dale, where the tow was disconnected and the yacht made her own way alongside the pontoon. 

The lifeboat retrieved her crewman and returned to her Angle station to be rehoused at 12.20pm.

Note to editors   The picture shows the yacht aground on rocks at South Haven, Skomer Island.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

RNLI media contacts:  For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789