Fishguard RNLI called out to two incidents involving yachts

Lifeboats News Release

Fishguard RNLI's lifeboats attended two incidents involving one yacht which ended up on the rocks near Saddle Point and the other yacht very nearly was on the rocks at Carreg Tomas.

The first incident took place early morning on Wednesday 05 September when the 38 foot yacht 'Mistral' broke her mooring line in Lower Town and was carried by the large incoming waves and strong winds from the NE onto the rocks near Saddle Point. The inshore lifeboat launched at 0800am and sped to the scene and after ascertaining no-one was aboard the stricken yacht the lifeboat returned to base. As of 12 September the yacht remains on the rocks.
Shortly before 0100am on Wednesday 12 September the inshore lifeboat was again requested to launch by UK Coastguard after the Norwegian 34 foot yacht 'Cleta' with three crew aboard made a 'Mayday' call after the yacht was dragging its two anchors having arrived in Fishguard harbour earlier. The yacht was gradually moving towards the rocks at Carreg Tomas, to the east of Fishguard fort, and its keel was hitting the seabed. The inshore lifeboat launched with three volunteer crew after the alert had been downgraded and the yacht was moving under its own engine away from the danger. The inshore lifeboat escorted the yacht to a sheltered mooring close to the northern breakwater and then returned to station having established all aboard were safe and well.

Media Contact - Peter Kedward Fishguard RNLI Press Officer on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

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