48 rescued after tourist boat hits rocks

A major rescue operation has been completed after a boat hit rocks off Pembrokeshire, Wales this afternoon.

The Lady Helen was carrying 48 passengers, including many children, when she hit the rocks and started taking in water.

The Milford Haven coastguard was alerted by a Mayday call from Lady Helen at 12:55.

All passengers and crew are reported to be safe and well.

Here on shipfinder.co we saw that the St David’s lifeboat, RNLI 16-26, was quickly dispatched to aid the rescue.

Lady Helen rescue - Screenshot shipfinder.co

Lady Helen rescue – Screenshot shipfinder.co

The BBC reported that Dale Princess, the sister ship of Lady Helen, managed to pull the stricken boat from the rocks.

A search and rescue helicopter, police boat and other passenger vessels were also involved in the rescue.

You can see the event via playback on our website:


Lady Helen had been bound for Skomer Island, a popular wildlife sanctuary, and home to thousands of sea birds.

RNLI 16-26

St David’s Lifeboat – photo © Mr C Davies – pinkfroot.com

Live vessel track for Lady Helen: http://shipfinder.co/ship/235087431