Lifeboat launched after vessel suffers engine failure . . . .

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched just before 4pm on Friday 17 October following a report of a 21ft fishing vessel having suffered engine failure off Pendine. The vessel had infact, suffered engine failure earlier in the day whilst off Pendine but had told the Coastguard that they were happy to wait until they could organise a tow later in the day. With light fading and the vessel drifting further South, the decision was made to launch the lifeboat.

The lifeboat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew performed visual and radar searches for the casualty vessel. The boat was soon located close to military range marker buoy DZ4.

The lifeboat went alongside and the crew of the casualty vessel requested a tow. They intended to go to Laugharne but as the tide was too low to get over the bar, it was decided to tow the vessel back to Tenby.

The lifeboat arrived back at Tenby shortly before 6pm and as there was insufficient tide in the harbour, the casualty vessel was placed on an outer mooring before being towed into the harbour later in the evening by the Inshore lifeboat once the tide allowed.

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