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Tenby: RNLI respond to hoax Mayday call.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:28 am
by m0lsx

A false alarm about a sinking vessel in Pembrokeshire waters saw three emergency services take to the sea and air on Saturday.

Both of Tenby's RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly before 11am following a mayday from a vessel taking on water three miles south of Caldey Island.

The lifeboats made best speed towards the casualty's last-known position.

Once on scene, they were joined by a police boat, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and the passing cargo vessel, Arklow Valour.

Said Tenby RNLI spokesman Ben James: "After investigating several targets in the water, which all turned out to be driftwood, and with no vessels reported missing, all units were stood down at 1.25pm, with the call being classified as a false alarm."