Inshore lifeboat rescues for 2020

ID799
TitleTenby lifeboats rescue yacht grounded amongst rocks on Caldey Island
Date2020-09-14
Time22:40:00
WindE 5 knots
WeatherClear
ConditionsSmooth
Casualty typeGrounded yacht
PositionSandtop Bay, Caldey Island
DetailsBoth of Tenby’s lifeboats were launched at 10.40pm on Monday 14th September, following a call to the Coastguard from an elderly yacht owner, stating he’d gone aground amongst rocks at Sandtop Bay on Caldey Island after his anchor dragged.

The volunteer crew made made best speed to Caldey and upon arrival, found the vessel grounded and being hit by waves.

The inshore lifeboat made their way through the swell and put a crew member aboard the yacht. Luckily, the skipper of the vessel had suffered no injuries.

With the tide too low to take the stricken vessel off immediately, the lifeboat crew stood by and prepared the tow line, which was passed aboard the casualty vessel as soon as there was enough water around it.

The vessel was then slowly pulled off the beach through the breaking waves, avoiding rocks and towed to Tenby, where it was placed on the lifeboat outer moorings.

The lifeboats then returned to station, arriving at 1.35am.
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