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Fleetwood RNLI tow yacht back to port

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint, was requested by UK Coastguard to attend to a yacht with engine problems on Friday 11 August.

The weather and visibility were poor and the yacht was pitching about in Morecambe Bay when the volunteer lifeboat crew found her. She was quickly attached to the lifeboat and towed into Fleetwood Marina.

The lifeboat crew requested Fleetwood Coastguard Rescue Team meet them at the marina, to assist in tying the vessel up.

Tony Cowell, 2nd Coxswain for Fleetwood RNLI said, ‘The conditions were nasty out there and it will have been an uncomfortable trip back into port for the yacht occupants. But they arrived back in port safely and that’s the main thing here. We thank our Fleetwood Coastguard colleagues for their assistance.’

The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint at sea.

RNLI/ Tony Cowell

Kenneth James Pierpoint at sea

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