A Dutch yacht in trouble in the Thames estuary is towed to safety
The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out to the aid of a drifting yacht in the Thames shipping lanes
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1.35pm on Wednesday 23 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 44foot Dutch yacht with three people on board was in trouble in the area of No5 buoy in the busy Princes Channel.
The yacht which had no VHF communications on board was drifting after fouling a rope around its propeller.
The ALB located the craft at 2.25pm close to the Princes No.7 buoy with another yacht holding the casualty off and keeping it from danger in the busy shipping lane.
A crew member from the ALB was put onboard the yacht, a line was attached and the casualty was towed to Queenborough Harbour where it was safely moored at 5.47pm on the all tide landing.
The weather in the estuary at the time was good with a fresh westerly wind blowing four to five knots, slight seas and moderate visibility.
The ALB was back on station at 5.55pm.
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