Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist yacht in distress
In the third shout in two days, the volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat from Yarmouth harbour at 1.46pm today (Saturday) following a call to the UK Coastguard from a sailing vessel with machinery failure in the Western Solent.
On reaching the stricken vessel, two RNLI crew members were put aboard to assist with the recovery of the anchor and establish a tow. The casualty was then towed back to Yarmouth and the lifeboat returned to station at approximately 3.30pm.
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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.