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Three shouts in three days for RNLI's Yarmouth Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy start to the summer holidays for the volunteer RNLI crew in Yarmouth, with the lifeboat launching on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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On Friday 21st July the crew's pagers sounded at 11:09am and the lifeboat was quickly launched to assist the UK Coastguard in a shoreline search from The Needles to Freshwater Bay for a possible missing swimmer. After a second fruitless sweep of the coast extending to Hanover Point, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

At 11:58 the following morning, the UK Coastguard requested the Yarmouth lifeboat to launch in response to a Mayday call from a dismasted sailing yacht. The 9m yacht Mako with 6 crew on board lost her mast approximately 2.4 nautical miles north of The Needles. Once on scene an RNLI crew member was put aboard Mako to assist in the safe stowage of the mast. The lifeboat then began to escort the casualty back to Yarmouth and just off Hurst Point a tow was established to increase the speed of the passage against an ebb tide. The lifeboat returned to her station in the harbour by 2.55pm.

Lastly, in today's shout (Sunday), the Yarmouth lifeboat was tasked with investigating a report of a drifting submerged dinghy located somewhere north west of Yarmouth Harbour. The lifeboat commenced down tide searches from the reported position and, with help from motor vessel Morvoren, located the dinghy 2.2 nautical miles east north east of the harbour. The stricken dinghy was then towed back to Yarmouth and put ashore.

RNLI media contacts

• Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398,

• Richard Heming, Yarmouth RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer 07810 371233

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / or Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)0207 6207416 / 07866 668825 /

• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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