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