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Filey RNLI assist yacht in thick fog.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew were called out to assist a 10 metre yacht late on Saturday afternoon (7 May).

Just before 5.30pm, Humber Coastguard received a call from the yacht “Mack’Em Jack” with 3 persons on board on passage to Sunderland saying that they thought they were very close to Filey Brigg and asked for assistance. A short time later Filey’s all-weather lifeboat, The Keep Fit Association, launched at high water in very thick fog under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain, Neil Cammish.
With the assistance of Filey Coast Rescue Team, an extensive search in very poor visibility was carried out. After about 25 minutes the yacht was found some 3 miles south of Filey Brigg. The yacht had suffered an engine failure and the crew were unable to make any headway as well as being unsure of their position.
A tow was established and the yacht and crew taken to the safety of Scarborough Harbour.
The ALB made best speed for Filey where she was re-carriaged by a large shore crew and made ready for service by 9.30pm
Neil Cammish, Deputy Second Coxswain said: “The visibility was very poor indeed often being less than 100 metres so the yacht crew were right to call for assistance. Once we had found them it was a relatively easy tow to take them to Scarborough where they could berth overnight.”
Notes to editors
  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.

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