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Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat called to assist Dutch yacht

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A small Dutch yacht, called for help when the solo crewman on board got into difficulties

A Lowestoft lifeboat crewman boards the Dutch yacht

RNLI/James Tacon

A Lowestoft lifeboat crewman boards the Dutch yacht

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out at 12.31am on Wednesday 15 March 2017 to assist the yacht, which was about seven miles east of Lowestoft.

The vessel was understood to have been on passage from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands when it got into difficulties.

Coxswain John Fox said "when we reached the seven metres long vessel we found the single-handed sailor on the craft had become quite exhausted. Although the vessel was under sail, it was almost becalmed and with larger shipping passing close by, the skipper was grateful for our assistance."

Deputy second coxswain Nigel Lyman boarded the yacht and connected a towline to the vessel - before the town's Shannon-class lifeboat towed the vessel back into Lowestoft harbour in the early hours of this morning.

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