A Dutch family called for help after their yacht’s rudder failed.
The Sheerness RNLI lifeboat towed a yacht to safety after it got into difficulties in the Thames estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat launched at 2.33pm on Monday 28 August after being called by the UK Coastguard to assist the Dutch registered charter yacht ‘Plevier’ that was in trouble after losing steerage due to a broken rudder.
The ALB located the craft at anchor just west of the Mid Swatch buoy at 2.51pm, a crew member from the lifeboat was put on board and a tow line was established.
Once under tow it was only possible to make very slow progress due to the yacht veering erratically even with a casualty drogue deployed (the drogue is used to steady a craft with steerage problems).
The yacht with its family of dad, mum and 15yr old son from Holland on board were safely returned to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour from where they had earlier left on route for London at 4.15pm
The ALB returned to station at 4.33pm
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