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Harwich RNLI assist broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Just before 2pm on Thursday 9 June, the Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a broken down yacht.

The 43ft yacht was found to be becalmed close to the Cutler bank off the Suffolk coast, in danger of becoming caught in fishing gear. On arrival at the scene, the volunteer crew worked quickly to establish a tow before heading for Harwich harbour.

By 4pm, the vessel was secured safely inside Suffolk Yacht Harbour. For the new Harwich lifeboat Coxswain, Neal Sandquest, this was his first 'shout' with the all weather lifeboat since taking on the role earlier this year. Reflecting on the rescue, Neal said, 'I was very happy with the outcome of today’s call out. I would like to thank the crew for helping to make my first 'shout' run smoothly. Today also marked the launch of the RNLI Respect The Water campaign. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everybody taking to the water or visiting the coast this year to go to and learn a little about how dangerously unpredictable the coast can be'.


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• Daniel Sime, Lifeboat Press Officer, Harwich Lifeboat Station on 01255 502258, 07793 883797
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825
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