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.
afloat on the dropping tide. Due to this precarious position, her crew had
decided to abandon to another yacht anchored in the same bay.
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.
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
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
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.
Angle all weather lifeboat.
of a 9.5m catamaran yacht becalmed, and with not enough fuel, 13.5 miles south
of St Anne’s Head.
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.
station to be rehoused at 12.20pm.
The picture shows the yacht aground on rocks at
South Haven, Skomer Island.
Photo: RNLI Angle.
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: email@example.com or RNLI Public Relations