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Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat is called to yacht suffering electrical failure

Lifeboats News Release

A late night call for help to the UK Coastguard saw Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat launched in the light of the approaching "super moon" to go to the aid of the crew of a small yacht that had lost all electrical power north-east of Lowestoft.

The 10 metre yacht escorted in by Lowestoft Lifeboat

RNLI/Michael Howes

The 10 metre yacht escorted in by Lowestoft Lifeboat

Lowestoft lifeboat Deputy Second Coxswain, Nigel Lyman, said: 'We were called at 11.30pm last night (13 November 2016) to go to the aid of a 10m yacht called Invisible Touch that had suffered electrical failure.

Although they still had engine power they had lost their navigation lights together with their VHF radio communications. Fortunately they were in range of a mobile phone signal and used that to summon help.

When we reached the two-man crew on the vessel, which was five miles off Lowestoft close to the Holm Sands East Cardinal Buoy, we put one of our volunteer crew with a hand-held radio onto the yacht to provide communications.

We escorted the vessel back to the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Basin in Lowestoft arriving there at 2.45am. The yachtsmen told us that they had left Scarborough at 2am on Sunday morning – so it had been a long and exhausting trip down the east coast for them before they lost the electrics and they were very grateful to be safely tied up in port.'

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