A FISHING boat which ran into trouble off Cardigan yesterday (Sunday, May 20) had to be rescued by Cardigan RNLI lifeboat.

The 19ft fishing vessel had lost its steering near the rocks at Cardigan Island.

The lifeboat crew was paged by Milford Haven Coastguard at 2.22pm and was on scene within four minutes.

The two people on board were transferred onto the lifeboat and the fishing boat was towed to a safe anchorage in the shelter of the island as the tide was out and there was insufficient water to take the vessel into the river.

The lifeboat was recovered and relaunched at 6.30pm to recover the boat. The vessel was taken in tow by the crew and returned to a mooring at Netpool were the owner could carry out repairs.

The RNLI would like to remind all boat owners to ensure they have safety equipment – such as lifejackets, flares, VHF radio - with them at all times and a means of raising the alarm.