Cornish Shrimper towed to safety by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A call from the UK Coastguard at 10.18 this morning (Friday) triggered the launch of the RNLI’s Yarmouth lifeboat to go to the aid of a 19 foot Cornish Shrimper in difficulty in the western Solent.

Yarmouth's All-Weather Lifeboat 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)'

RNLI/Claire Hallett

RNLI Yarmouth Lifeboat

With a 20 knot wind over tide and a half metre swell, conditions were moderately hostile and the stricken vessel with two crew on board was left without power when its anchor was knocked overboard by a large wave, becoming entangled in the stern gear and causing mechanical failure.

Yarmouth’s all-weather lifeboat The Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) quickly located the Shrimper in the busy shipping lane between Hurst and Fort Victoria. Once on scene a tow was established and the vessel was then recovered to Yarmouth Harbour.

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  • Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398,

  • Richard Heming, Yarmouth RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer 07810 371233

  • Tim Ash, Divisional Media Relations Manager (South East and London) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /

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