St Davids RNLI All-Weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was requested to launch at 8.06am on Tuesday 30th January following a direct page from HM Coastguard.
A fishing vessel with three people onboard west of Skokholm Island had issued a Mayday call stating that they were on fire.
The charity's lifeboat launched and made best speed to the casualty vessel. Angle RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R187 from St Athan had also been tasked. A local range safety vessel and guard vessels working nearby were also proceeding having responded to the Mayday broadcast.
Upon arrival on scene at around 8.30am, St Davids volunteers stood by as Angle RNLI assessed the situation, with the helicopter overhead and ready to carry out an immediate evacuation if required. The fishing vessel had suffered an engine fire due to a burst oil pipe and fortunately the crew had managed to get it under control.
An update was passed to the Coastguard and a plan made to transfer two of Angle lifeboats own fire extinguishers to the fishing vessel as a precaution, before then proceeding to escort the vessel towards Milford Haven.
However after beginning the escort, the fishing vessel reported that its remaining functioning engine was now experiencing issues so a tow with Angle’s lifeboat was established. Once under tow to Milford Haven, St Davids crew were stood down and returned to station, rehousing and ready for service at 10.30 am. Once the fishing vessel had been towed safely to Milford Haven docks, Angle lifeboat returned to station by 12.30pm.