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Byline: A 12m yacht, which suffered steering failure off the south Pembrokeshire coast, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat early on Wednesday morning (July 16).
Page Content: The Tamar class relief lifeboat, Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson, was launched at 2.55am to a Mayday from the yacht, which had a father and son on board and was believed to be off St Ann’s Head.

A Milford Haven Port Authority pilot boat was also in the area searching for the yacht, as the exact position was unknown.

The lifeboat made a thorough radar search off St Ann’s Head, but nothing was found. So, with Milford Coastguard having limited communications with the casualty, it was requested that the yacht fire off a flare.

The flare was spotted in the vicinity of Linney Head and the lifeboat made best speed towards the area. As she approached the approximate position, the lifeboat asked that another flare be fired.

After the second flare had gone up there was a weak VHF signal from the casualty, leading the lifeboat to use her direction finder to locate them. Eventually, the yacht was found about 1.2 miles south-west of Linney Head.

A lifeboat crew member was transferred to help assist the yacht, and her skipper asked that his son be transferred to the lifeboat, where he was reassured by members of the volunteer crew.

A tow was rigged and at 3.52am a course was set for the Mackerel Stage at Milford Docks. While underway the problem with the steering on the yacht was identified and repaired.

Opposite Milford Docks the tow was released and the casualty made her own way alongside the pontoon and was safely secured. The lifeboat then recovered her crew member and reunited the skipper with his son.

The lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 5.49am, after nearly 3 hours at sea.

Note to editors

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: A 12m yacht, which suffered steering failure off the south Pembrokeshire coast, was towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat early on Wednesday morning (July 16).
Page Content: The Tamar class relief lifeboat, Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson, was launched at 2.55am to a Mayday from the yacht, which had a father and son on board and was believed to be off St Ann’s Head.

A Milford Haven Port Authority pilot boat was also in the area searching for the yacht, as the exact position was unknown.

The lifeboat made a thorough radar search off St Ann’s Head, but nothing was found. So, with Milford Coastguard having limited communications with the casualty, it was requested that the yacht fire off a flare.

The flare was spotted in the vicinity of Linney Head and the lifeboat made best speed towards the area. As she approached the approximate position, the lifeboat asked that another flare be fired.

After the second flare had gone up there was a weak VHF signal from the casualty, leading the lifeboat to use her direction finder to locate them. Eventually, the yacht was found about 1.2 miles south-west of Linney Head.

A lifeboat crew member was transferred to help assist the yacht, and her skipper asked that his son be transferred to the lifeboat, where he was reassured by members of the volunteer crew.

A tow was rigged and at 3.52am a course was set for the Mackerel Stage at Milford Docks. While underway the problem with the steering on the yacht was identified and repaired.

Opposite Milford Docks the tow was released and the casualty made her own way alongside the pontoon and was safely secured. The lifeboat then recovered her crew member and reunited the skipper with his son.

The lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 5.49am, after nearly 3 hours at sea.


Note to editors

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