Wells RNLI Lifeboat answers Mayday call and renders assistance to Yacht 'Spirit'

Lifeboats News Release

At 7:24pm on the 27 September the Wells lifeboat responded to a Mayday call from the 24ft bilge keel yacht 'Spirit' which had lost power and run aground close to No 1 buoy while entering Wells Harbour. The yacht, with one person on board, was believed to be taking on water.

The inshore lifeboat launched on the incoming tide outside the boathouse at 7:41pm and proceeded down the channel, crossing the harbour bar. At the same time, the all-weather Mersey Lifeboat left the boathouse and proceeded to the low water launch site in Holkham Bay to be in immediate readiness in case needed.

The inshore lifeboat arrived alongside the casualty at 7:52pm and placed a crew member on board to pass a towline and ascertained that the yacht was not taking on water. With the tow connected, the casualty was successfully re-floated at 8:06pm.

The inshore lifeboat then towed the casualty inwards towards Wells Harbour on the first of the tide and the all-weather lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station.

At 9.15pm, the inshore Llfeboat transferred the tow to the Wells Harbour launch in the vicinity of the Fleets in the harbour run and they towed the casualty to the safety of the harbour pontoons at Wells Quay. The inshore lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station and was re-housed and re-fuelled at 9:55pm.


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