A YACHT, stricken with steering problems while travelling to Milford Haven, was rescued by lifeboat crew members in the early hours of this morning, May 4.

Posting on Facebook, New Quay Lifeboat station wrote: “At 00.50 hrs this morning our Mersey class all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard to a stricken 36 foot yacht 24 nautical miles from New Quay.

“The lifeboat launched with seven volunteer crew members on board in rough sea conditions with a north westerly wind force 6 to 7.

“The yacht, with four person on board, which was on passage from Beaumaris to Milford Haven had lost steering and was drifting at a speed of 3.2 knots in Cardigan Bay.

“Due to bad weather conditions, there were also concerns for two occupants who were suffering from severe sea sickness.

“At around 02.45, after an hour and half of steaming through the rough conditions, the lifeboat and crew located the vessel and put a crew member on board to assess the situation. The lifeboat then began towing the vessel with a drogue.

“At 06.28 the inshore lifeboat was paged to assist the all-weather lifeboat in bringing the vessel safely into New Quay harbour.

“The lifeboat with the vessel arrived back safely in New Quay at 7.30am.”