It is not clear why a 68-foot motor cruiser - in not particularly good condition and with an untested new engine - should set out from Burry Port on a voyage to Norway in heavy seas and with winds gusting up to Force 8. But that is what happened on the morning of Thursday 15 July - St Swithin's Day, ominously enough. At 10.23 Watchkeepers Jeff Street and Mike Radcliffe overheard a radio conversation between Swansea HMCG and the Rhossili Coastguard team, when the latter were heading out across the Warren to monitor the progress of the vessel. From the cliffs above Kitchen Corner Jeff just caught sight of the boat between Burry Holms and the mainland, over the Spaniard rocks. So NCI phoned in to say they had the vessel in view and to suggest that if things got really difficult there was safe anchorage in the lee to the North of the Worm. As a result the Rhossili team were stood down and NCI took over. They plotted the position of the vessel and monitored it as it headed out to the West, until it disappeared into the murky weather.
At this stage the Swansea Coastguard said there was no more to be done - unless the vessel reappeared. Which it didn't and uncertainty continued into the afternoon, when the p.m. watch were asked to keep on the alert. The Milford Haven Coastguard was sweeping likely anchorages in the Tenby and Saundersfoot area and generally trying to get in touch with the boat. There was no radio contact but someone on board had a mobile phone and the Coastguard tried phoning - only for it to go to answerphone, with a message in Norwegian. The Coastguard then recalled that an ex-member of NCI Wormshead (Trude Knowland) was Norwegian. She was asked to leave a message requesting the vessel to contact the Coastguard - and it worked!
At 17.45 the Milford Haven Coastguard reported the vessel sighted in Milford Haven and the Port Control directed it safely into berth at the Milford Marina. The name of the boat was the Final Fantasy, which might have been tempting fate!