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Wooden sailing boat towed to safety by Aberystwyth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Aberystwyth Lifeboat were requested to assist a wooden sailing dinghy which had suffered its auxillary enging breaking away from its mounting at 6pm on Monday (21 August)

The volunteer crew were informed that the sailing dinghy had lost its auxiliary power and the engine had become entangled with the rudder. Due to light winds and strong current they were unable to row or sail the boat back to harbour. The vessel was caught in the strong tidal flow and was being pushed past Castle rocks towards College rocks.

The lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship' was soon able to locate the vessel and remove the engine. It was then taken under tow back to Aberystwyth Marina where it was put onto its mooring.

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