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Amble RNLI volunteers launch all-weather lifeboat to yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 12 June at 4 pm at the request of HM Coastguard Amble RNLI volunteers launched the all-weather lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard to assist a 9-metre yacht 3.5 miles east of Amble harbour.

Talora under tow by Amble Shannon class lifeboat

RNLI/Stevie Sim

RNLB Elizabeth and Leonard

The skipper of the yacht TALORA reported having a fire in addition to taking on water. The Amble volunteers on board the new Shannon Class Lifeboat the Elizabeth and Leonard arrived very quickly on scene and assessed the situation. The two persons on board the yacht said the fire had been dealt with and the ingress of water was under control, however, they did require assistance getting into Amble harbour so the necessary inspection and repairs could be carried out. The volunteer’s established a towline between the two vessels and the yacht was towed back to safety of Amble harbour. The crew of the yacht were unharmed during the earlier incident.

For further information please contact Alan Stewart RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07919924704 or email

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