Inquiry into Skomer boat rescue

48 people were rescued from a boat after it hit a rock off the Pembrokeshire Coast. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has now launched an investigation into the incident.

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48 people rescued from stricken boat

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.

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.

– Barry Yelland, Milford Haven Coastguard watch manager

The Lady Helen has now been refloated and towed to Martin's Haven.