Drifting Yacht Requests Lifeboat Assistance

Lifeboats News Release

UK Coastguard's Humber Operations tasked Newbiggin RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' at 14.30 today to go to the assistance of a drifting yacht east of Church Point.

The yacht 'Sigimae' and its crew of five had suffered propulsion problems while on passage from the River Tyne to Amble.

Arriving at the casualty just ten minutes after launching, the four volunteer lifeboat crew made contact with the casualty yacht, who's crew assured them that they were all safe and would require a tow north to Amble. A tow was secured by the lifeboat and with a volunteer lifeboat crewmember on the casualty vessel the slow tow north was begun.

The lifeboat was assisted by the Amble Coastguard rescue team as the casualty was brought into Amble and moored.

Richard Martin, Newbiggin RNLI spokesman, said: 'Our volunteer crew members responded to the alert as fast as possible and were able to secure a tow for safe passage north.'


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For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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Lifeboat alongside the yacht

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin with the casualty
Newbiggin with the yacht

RNLI/Richard Martin

Lifeboat crew prepares tow

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