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Haydn Miller rescues sailor after yacht goes aground . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was requested to launch at 1am today (16th August) after a yacht called Milford Haven Coastguard to report going aground somewhere on Carmarthen Bar.

The occupant of the yacht was disorientated and with no GPS aboard, was unable to give his exact position.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the area and the volunteer crew began a search from Pendine towards Ginst Point. A light just west of Ginst Point was investigated and turned out to be the casualty vessel but due to the depth of water, the lifeboat wasn’t able to get near it. It was decided to launch the y-boat, which went alongside the yacht, where the occupant was having difficulty derigging his mast and requested assistance from the lifeboat crew.

With this complete, the casualty was taken aboard the y-boat, where he was wrapped in a blanket to warm him up, before being checked over in case he needed further medical attention.

Once the crew were happy with the casualty’s condition, he was picked up by Ferryside inshore rescue boat and taken back to Ferryside.

The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving shortly after 3am. The owner hoped to refloat his boat at high tide.

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