Fleetwood RNLI tow yacht back to port
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.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.