Angle-lifeboat-tows-fishing-vessel-to-safety

Byline: An 11m fishing vessel, which fouled her propellers off Skomer Island, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat on Monday (2 December).
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 11.37am, at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, to go to the aid of the vessel, which was north of the Blackstones. She had dropped anchor to avoid drifting and had two persons on board.

When the lifeboat arrived on the scene it was decided to tow the vessel to the Fishermen’s Pontoon at Milford Haven.

Once the vessel was alongside at Milford, the lifeboat was cleared to return to her station and was back on her slipway by 2pm.

It was the second call out in 5 days for the all weather lifeboat.

The previous Wednesday (27 November), she had launched at 2.34pm following a Pan Pan emergency broadcast from an 18m cabin cruiser, which was taking on water due to a failed seacock.

The vessel, with 2 persons on board, was reported to be just passing the jetties within the Milford Haven Waterway. While proceeding to the scene, the lifeboat was informed by Milford Coastguard that the casualty had made her way into the lock pits at Milford Docks.

At the lock pits a lifeboat crew member went on board the vessel to access the damage. The owner had managed to reduce the water ingress and the bilge pumps were coping with the flow of water, but as a precaution it was decided to transfer and rig the lifeboat’s salvage pump in case the situation deteriorated.

Arrangements were made for the vessel to be lifted out at Neyland Marina, so 3 lifeboat crew members remained on the casualty vessel, which made her way up river, under her own power, while the lifeboat provided an escort.

Once at Neyland, the casualty vessel was placed in the lifting bay and was lifted out immediately. The crew members, along with the salvage pump, were recovered back to the lifeboat, which was released to return to her station and was rehoused at 4.40pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows the fishing vessel under tow by Angle all weather lifeboat.
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: An 11m fishing vessel, which fouled her propellers off Skomer Island, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat on Monday (2 December).
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 11.37am, at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, to go to the aid of the vessel, which was north of the Blackstones. She had dropped anchor to avoid drifting and had two persons on board.

When the lifeboat arrived on the scene it was decided to tow the vessel to the Fishermen's Pontoon at Milford Haven.

Once the vessel was alongside at Milford, the lifeboat was cleared to return to her station and was back on her slipway by 2pm.

It was the second call out in 5 days for the all weather lifeboat.

The previous Wednesday (27 November), she had launched at 2.34pm following a Pan Pan emergency broadcast from an 18m cabin cruiser, which was taking on water due to a failed seacock.

The vessel, with 2 persons on board, was reported to be just passing the jetties within the Milford Haven Waterway. While proceeding to the scene, the lifeboat was informed by Milford Coastguard that the casualty had made her way into the lock pits at Milford Docks.

At the lock pits a lifeboat crew member went on board the vessel to access the damage. The owner had managed to reduce the water ingress and the bilge pumps were coping with the flow of water, but as a precaution it was decided to transfer and rig the lifeboat’s salvage pump in case the situation deteriorated.

Arrangements were made for the vessel to be lifted out at Neyland Marina, so 3 lifeboat crew members remained on the casualty vessel, which made her way up river, under her own power, while the lifeboat provided an escort.

Once at Neyland, the casualty vessel was placed in the lifting bay and was lifted out immediately. The crew members, along with the salvage pump, were recovered back to the lifeboat, which was released to return to her station and was rehoused at 4.40pm.

Note to editors

The picture shows the fishing vessel under tow by Angle all weather lifeboat.
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