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RNLI Amble volunteers launch lifeboat to assist stranded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 20th April at 8.50 am Volunteers from RNLI Amble launched the all-weather Shannon Class lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard to assist a yacht that had lost propulsion.

Shannon Class lifeboat alsongside Yacht Tonic

RNLI/Stevie Sim

The Skipper of the 14-metre yacht Tonic requested assistance from HM Coastguard after losing its propeller between Coquet Island and Amble harbour.

RNLI Amble volunteers on board the new Shannon class lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard arrived very quickly on scene and assessed the situation. The vessel had lost its propeller was unable to enter the harbour under sail so a towline was established between the two vessels. This was so that she could be brought into the safety of the harbour for the necessary repairs to be carried out. There were 8 persons on board, all of which were safe and well.

For more information, please contact Amble lifeboat station Press Officer Alan Stewart on 07919 924704 or email

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