NEW Quay's all-weather lifeboat was called out on Friday night (January 10) to rescue a stranded trawler.

The alarm was raised at 6.41pm and the fishing vessel was located 17 miles north west of New Quay. Weather conditions were described as poor and deteriorating with strong winds throughout the night.

Due to the size of the vessel and the poor weather conditions, Fishguard lifeboat was also tasked.

New Quay lifeboat was first on scene and established a tow. By midnight, conditions had deteriorated to force 9 and, with Fishguard lifeboat standing by, they started a 28-mile tow, arriving in Fishguard at 3am.

With conditions worsening the crew stayed in Fishguard and arrived back at New Quay around 11am the following morning – 16 hours after setting out

A spokesman for the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign to save New Quay Lifeboat said: “This shout shows just how important it is to retain an all-weather lifeboat in New Quay.”