Byline: Two yachts which got into difficulties off the South Pembrokeshire coast on Sunday night (4/5 May) were towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat in a double rescue mission.
Page Content: The first call-out came at 4.23pm when the Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason launched, at the request of Milford Haven MRCC, to assist a 10m yacht which had engine failure 25 miles south-south-east of Sheep Island. There were three persons on board and one of them had been taken ill.
The lifeboat reached the yacht in just over an hour and transferred two of her volunteer crew members to the vessel to make casualty care assessments and assist with setting up the tow. With the assessments made it was decided to keep the ill casualty on board the yacht, so a tow was rigged and a course was set for Neyland Marina.
When the lifeboat reached the marina, the yacht was put into an alongside tow and taken onto the holding pontoon at 10.10pm. With the yacht’s crew of three, and their two dogs, safely alongside, the lifeboat recovered her two crew members and left the marina.
As she did so, she was alerted to assist another 10m yacht, which had fouled her propeller and was struggling to make way off Sheep Island, at the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway. There were two persons on board.
The lifeboat was on the scene at 10.42pm and transferred one of her crew members to the yacht to provide reassurance and assistance to the casualties. A tow was rigged and the lifeboat headed back to Neyland.
At the entrance to the marina, the tow was released and the yacht made her own way to her berth. The lifeboat recovered her crew member just after midnight and returned to her station. There, the lifeboat was washed down and refuelled, with the crew members heading home at 1.30am, after some 9 hours at sea.
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