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Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist yacht in distress

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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.

Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat tows stricken yacht to safety

RNLI/Yarmouth

Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat tows stricken yacht to safety
In 22 knots of wind and with four children on board, the 40 foot yacht Flair IV experienced difficulties 1 nautical mile west north west of Yarmouth and had gone to anchor.

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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Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat tows stricken yacht to safety

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Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat tows stricken yacht to safety

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