An investigation will be held into a boating incident off the coast of Pembrokeshire yesterday, in which 48 people had to be rescued. The "Lady Helen' struck a rock between Skomer and Martin's Haven.
The coxswain of the lifeboat that came to its aid; says the situation could have been far worse.
Nicola Hendy reports.
The Lady Helen started sinking after hitting a rock between Martin's Haven and Skomer; 48 people had to be rescued.
The Maritime Coastguard Agency say an investigation will be launched into the incident.
Barry Yelland, watch manager at Milford Haven Coastguard, said they received a may day call from the Lady Helen off the coast of Martin's Haven at 12.55pm.
A rescue operation was launched this afternoon, after a boat carrying 48 passengers hit a rock off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Milford Haven Coastguard received a may day call from the Lady Helen, which was ferrying passengers to Skomer from Martin's Haven, at 12.55pm saying they had hit a rock.
Barry Yelland, Milford Haven watch manager, said they called out two lifeboats from St David's and Angle, and as they didn't know the severity of the situation an RAF Sea King helicopter was brought in from Chivenor in Devon.
– Barry Yelland, Milford Haven Coastguard watch manager
The vessel was being pulled off the rock and was being taken into Martin's Haven, bit she started to sink and taking on water. All 48 passengers were evacuated by other boats which had responded to the may day call.
The Lady Helen has now been refloated and towed to Martin's Haven.