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Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat called to a yacht with engine failure close to sandbank

Lifeboats News Release

A trip to sea to test the engine on a yacht ended in a call for help to the UK Coastguard when the vessel lost power as the craft sailed near to a sandbank.

RNLI Relief Lifeboat 13-07 'Reg'

RNLI/Michael Howes

RNLI Relief Lifeboat 13-07 'Reg'

The 30-foot yacht with a crew of two had left Lowestoft a short while earlier and was two miles south east of the port when their engine failed.

Lowestoft RNLI coxswain John Fox said “ we were paged just before 5pm on 29th October and launched relief lifeboat ‘Reg’ to respond to the distress call. The sea conditions were choppy and when we arrived at the casualty vessel we found one of sailors was unwell and that as well as having engine failure they were unable to lower their sail. The yacht was in danger of drifting close to the Newcome Sands so I quickly put deputy second coxswain Nigel Lyman on to the yacht and he was able to take the sail down and steer the yacht into deeper water.

We connected a tow-line and brought the yacht safely back into harbour - much to the relief of the yacht’s crew.”

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