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Two shouts in 48 hours for Yarmouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer RNLI crew launched Yarmouth's Severn Class lifeboat, The Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer), twice over the weekend in response to two separate incidents.

In Saturday morning's shout at 11.42am the lifeboat was tasked with assisting a 44ft yacht with engine failure and a very fatigued crew of two people.

In light winds, the yacht was unable to make way under sail so a tow was established by the RNLI crew and the vessel was recovered to the safety of Yarmouth harbour, with the lifeboat arriving back at station by 2.05pm.

In a second incident closer to home on Sunday evening, the volunteer crew raced to assist a power boat which began sinking just off Yarmouth Harbour.  As soon as the stricken vessel was alongside the harbour pontoon the lifeboat crew deployed a salvage pump to keep her afloat until she could be lifted to safety by the harbour crane.

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• Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398 /
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / 
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789         

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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