Flamborough lifeboat launched to a yacht in difficulty off Flamborough Head
Flamborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched on Thursday 19 April at 0.20am to the assistance of a 20’ yacht which was in difficulty off Flamborough head.
On arrival the yacht was found to be aground in shallow water and could not be safely reached by the lifeboat. The volunteer crew stood by continually assessing the situation whilst personnel of Bridlington Coastguard assisted the yachts skipper off his vessel and to safety over the beach.
At 3.10am when the tide had risen sufficiently a line was secured to the yacht and an attempt was made to tow it. At 3.35am as the yacht reached deeper water clear of the rocks it capsized.
Flamborough volunteer crew reported that there were no obvious signs of pollution from the vessel and were advised to stand down by Humber Coastguard, when they then returned safely to station at South Landing at 3.50am.
For more information please contact Ian Smith, RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07583 618677.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.