Yacht's broken propeller and motorboat failure prompts Wells lifeboats launch

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.38pm on Wednesday June 15, Humber Coastguard requested Wells RNLI all-weather lifeboat to assist the rescue of the sailing vessel 'Amanda' with one person on board.

The vessel had fouled her propeller approximately one mile North of Sheringham and was being towed towards Wells by the Sheringham lifeboat. 

Wells lifeboat rendezvoused with the casualty at 3.35pm and took over the tow, releasing the Sheringham lifeboat. The yacht was taken into Wells and was moored alongside the quay. 
 
Later the same day during a routine training exercise at 4pm, Humber Coastguard asked the inshore lifeboat to divert to Blakeney Point to a small dory-type vessel which had two people aboard and had suffered engine failure.

Localised squalls, lightning, heavy rain and hail hampered the rescue but the casualty vessel was located and towed in to Morston Quay.

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• John Mitchell, Wells-Next-the-Sea Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
01328 710882 / 07831103166 / lpo@wellslifeboat.org
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)        
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk

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