Two call-outs in one day for Eyemouth lifeboat
Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was launched just before 10am on Monday 22 August 2016 after the Dutch registered yacht, Blue Spirit, called Aberdeen Coastguard for assistance.
The yacht was on passage from Peterhead to Holy Island when the winds dropped and its engine failed to start. The lifeboat was quickly on scene, 3 miles to the north of Eyemouth and took the yacht under tow back to harbour where it was met by Coastguards and the Harbourmaster.
Eyemouth's volunteer crew were called into action again later that night, around 10:30pm, when a 40 foot angling vessel contacted Aberdeen Coastguard stating that its navigation and radar equipment had failed and was unsure of its position, but thought it was 25 miles north east of Eyemouth.
The lifeboat was launched and began its search for the angling boat which was on passage from Kirkwall to Sunderland, locating them 15 miles from Eyemouth and proceeding southwards. The vessel was then escorted back to Eyemouth, arriving alongside three hours later.
Once no further assistance was required, the lifeboat was stood down and made ready for service again.
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