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Tenby RNLI lifeboat launched to search for vessel aground on sand bar . . . .

Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday 4 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.

The vessel in question had left Ferryside earlier in the day on passage to Burry Port but had failed to arrive at the time stated in his passage plan. During a subsequent radio conversation with Milford Haven Coastguard, the occupant of the casualty vessel confirmed that he’d gone aground on sand bar between Ferryside and Burry Port but due to fog, was unaware of his exact position.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed in rough seas towards the Burry Estuary, along with Burry Port Inshore and Atlantic lifeboats and Rescue Helicopter 187.

The lifeboats arrived on scene and at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, began searching as close inshore as the conditions would allow. As the volunteer lifeboat crews were searching, Rescue 187 radioed to confirm that they’d found the casualty vessel approximately 2.5 miles South West of Ginst Point. They had the single occupant aboard the helicopter and having confirmed he needed no medical attention, decided that they would drop him off at Pembrey Airfield.

Whilst this was going on, Ferryside Inshore Rescue Boat was tasked to retrieve the casualty vessel, with Tenby’s lifeboat standing-by for safety cover due to the state of the sea.

Once Ferryside had the vessel under tow and after making sure they were safely over the bar, Tenby’s lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.30pm.

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