Busy day for Alderny Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Alderney's RNLI Relief lifeboat 'Corinne Whiteley' had a busy day yesterday (Wednesday 6 July), responding to two shouts in just six hours.

The first shout was to 'Singing Swan' a 30ft sailing yacht  that was 5.5 miles west of Alderney, the yacht which was becalmed and with mechanical failure,  had two persons on board and requested a  tow to Alderney.   The lifeboat was launched at 15.56 and a line was established at 16.30, both vessels were back in Braye Harbour by 5.55pm.

The second incident later that evening, was a further call requesting assistance for a tow from a 35 foot sloop sailing vessel 'Guinear', which was approximately  21 nautical miles North East of Alderney, with 3 Persons on board.  The lifeboat was launched at 23.34 and a tow was established at 00.52. Both vessels returned to Braye Harbour at 03.20.

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