Scarborough RNLI lifeboats launched to rescue yacht
A full complement of maritime rescue services was required today after a small yacht was found close to shore.
The vessel, Don’t Panic, was observed bobbing about on a gentle swell by the rock armour on Marine Drive.
Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were launched just before 6am.
No-one was on the yacht, which was boarded and towed back to the harbour by the Shannon all-weather lifeboat, which had a crew of five.
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) and coastguards searched several miles of shoreline for the yacht crew, assisted by the coastguards’ Sikorsky search-and-rescue helicopter. The police were also involved in the search.
At one point, the ILB, with a three-man crew, was recovered and cleaned before being relaunched to search more extensively, as far north as Burniston and as far south as Cayton Bay, plus the harbour.
Nothing was found and the ILB was stood down at 9.25am.
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