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RNLI lifeboat launched from Yarmouth to assist 67 foot yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Yarmouth crew's pagers went off at 5:29pm today (Wednesday) in response to a call for help from a large sailing vessel, which had lost power approximately 2.5 nautical miles west south west of The Needles.

Yarmouth RNLI assists 67 foot yacht 'Elinca' into Yarmouth harbour


Yarmouth RNLI assists 67 foot yacht 'Elinca' into Yarmouth harbour
The skipper of the former BT Global Challenge yacht Elinca contacted the UK Coastguard to report that the vessel had no electrics, no engine and no anchor, which meant that she would not be able to safely continue her journey or return to harbour without assistance.

The Severn class lifeboat escorted Elinca and her crew of three to Yarmouth whilst she was still under sail, then carried out an alongside tow to safely manoeuvre the 40 tonne vessel into the harbour. The lifeboat and crew returned to station by 7:00pm.

We understand that the RNLI's Swanage lifeboat assisted the same vessel into Poole harbour three days ago under similar circumstances.

RNLI media contacts

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

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

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / or Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)0207 6207416 / 07866 668825 /

• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.

Yarmouth RNLI assists 67 foot yacht 'Elinca' into Yarmouth harbour


Yarmouth RNLI assists 67 foot yacht 'Elinca' into Yarmouth harbour

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