The man was fined £200 after ignoring the warning horn of the ferry at Milford Haven Point earlier this year

A sailor has been fined £200 for
obstructing a ferry at Milford Haven Port earlier this year, forcing it to veer off

Yachtsman Andrew Humble had been taking
part in the Dale Regatta race when the incident occurred on 17 August.

He admitted to ignoring the warning horn
sounded by the Isle of Inishmore service between Pembroke and Rosslare.

Had the ferry continued on its original
course, it was at risk of being hit by Mr Humble’s yacht, said harbourmaster
Bill Hirst.

The harbourmaster emphasised that it was
important to make an example of the skipper’s actions, discouraging water users
to do the same.

He said: “The Port of Milford Haven works
hard to ensure all river users from kayaks to supertankers can share the
waterway in safety.

“We work closely with leisure users to get
this message out. But there are times when your safety and that of others
becomes your responsibility.”

In addition to the £200 fine, Mr Humble was
made to pay costs of £795 in the prosecution brought privately by the port.