Alderney lifeboat launched to help three people on a motorboat
Alderney’s relief lifeboat the Corine Whitley was back in action late this afternoon (Wednesday) to help three people whose 10-metre long, twin-engined motorboat Barossa lost power in one engine 2 miles east of the island.
The all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.45pm in dense fog for the crew of the locally-registered motorboat which was struggling in very poor visibility to make any headway against the tide. The vessel had been returning home from Dielette in nearby Normandy.
The RNLI lifeboat – manned as ever by volunteers – was on scene at 6pm. A towline was established and both boats were secure in Braye Harbour by 7.25pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.