Alderney lifeboat tows four French yachtsmen to safety
The Alderney lifeboat Roy Barker I launched at 2.30pm this afternoon (Sunday), at the request of CROSS, the French coastguard agency, to tow the 31-ft French-registered yacht Blue Jet – with four people on board – into Braye Harbour.
The yacht’s engine was overheating and the skipper was unable to sail into harbour. The RNLI lifeboat was alongside the casualty within minutes, a towline was established and the yacht was secure on a mooring by 3pm.
The yacht had been bound for Alderney from Cherbourg and the RNLI’s action once again underpinned the maritime spirit of ‘entente cordiale’.
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, in a normal year, 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.