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No festivities for Yarmouth RNLI as unmarked lobster pot 'anchors' yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Yarmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'The Eric and Susan Hiscock' based on the Isle of Wight had to leave the annual Old Yarmouth Gaffers Festival celebrations to assist the yacht 'Hong Kong Star' which had fouled its propeller on unmarked lobster pot gear.

Yarmouth RNLI crew assist with untangling the lobster pots

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Yarmouth RNLI crew assist with untangling the lobster pots

The yacht had sailed over the fishing gear off Brook Ledge on the south side of the Isle of Wight and was unable to get free without assistance. The lifeboat crew deployed their small Y boat which is carried on the all-weather lifeboat and cut the yacht free. She was then able to continue on her way.

'This type of emergency is all too common and lends weight to the current campaign to have fishing gear properly marked,' said Yarmouth Lifeboat Press Officer Richard Heming. 'A vessel unable to move is both a danger to itself and to other shipping'.

The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival is in its 20th year and celebrates gaff-rigged boats with races across the Solent, and live music and a fun-fair on shore.

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For more information please contact Richard Heming on 07810 371233 or Claire Hallett on 07814 900398.

Tim Ash, RNLI Public Manager (South East and London) on 0207 6207426 or 07785 296252, email tim_ash@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east. Tel: (0207) 6207416. Mob: (07786) 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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The crew of Yarmouth RNLI in their 'Y' boat assist the crew of the yacht

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The crew of Yarmouth RNLI in their 'Y' boat assist the crew of the yacht

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.

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