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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