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Third callout for Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat in a week.

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht that had lost all engine power was successfully assisted by Lowestoft lifeboat crew.

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft lifeboat towing the yacht

Lowestoft’s RNLI lifeboat, Patsy Knight, was called out at 2.15pm on Thursday 16 March to assist a yacht that had lost all engine power. The 27ft yacht had set sail from Southwold harbour when the engine failed.

The solo crewman on board was able to continue sailing towards Lowestoft, running with the tide, but realised that he would need assistance to enter Lowestoft harbour.

Lowestoft lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: “We met the yacht named Petronella just off Kessingland and connected a towline to the vessel. It was then a straightforward tow along the Stamford Channel before we shortened the line to bring the yacht safely into port, finally mooring the vessel at 4pm.”

After a quiet couple of months, this was the third callout for Lowestoft lifeboat in the past week.

RNLI/James Tacon

A towline is connected between the yacht and Lowestoft lifeboat

RNLI/Michael Howes

The yacht is brought alongside Lowestoft lifeboat

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