No rest for RNLI Torbay lifeboat as she diverts to casualty on her way home!

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat, Alec & Christina Dykes, has been away in Plymouth for a few weeks undergoing her latest re-fit. She was on passage back to her Brixham base on Friday afternoon when she was diverted to help a vessel in distress.

As she was approaching Mansands (near Berry Head, Brixham) at around 4.30pm on Friday, the crew aboard the lifeboat received a call to assist a 50 foot motor cruiser which had reported fuel problems, resulting in engine failure in the choppy conditions.

The volunteer crew diverted to the scene to rendezvous with the casualty vessel and attach a tow line. Once the vessels arrived at Brixham's Breakwater, the motor cruiser was placed alongside to continue in to the harbour - her skipper later commented that Alec & Christina’s passage from Plymouth had happened at just the right time!

The RNLI Torbay Severn Class lifeboat had been in Plymouth to be fitted with updated communications and navigation equipment; this followed her earlier extensive re-fit (including two new MTU engines) in the Isle of Wight. Whilst she was away, full search and rescue capability was maintained for the Torbay area by relief Severn Class lifeboat Volunteer Spirit, together with Torbay’s D Class inshore lifeboat Leslie & Mary Daws.

Once the casualty vessel was safely delivered to Brixham Heritage Pontoon, Alec & Christina crossed to the lifeboat pontoon and moored alongside Volunteer Spirit - ready to welcome almost 480 people aboard the two lifeboats for guided tours during last Sunday’s big Seaside Special event … now that’s what we call multi-tasking!

Welcome home Alec & Christina.

Notes to editors

Video (from link) shows footage of the casualty vessel under tow by the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat, and rounding Brixham Breakwater.

Video courtesy of RNLI/Nigel Millard.

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RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay lifeboat Alec and Christina Dykes rounds Brixham Breakwater with the cruiser under tow

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

The all-weather volunteer lifeboat crew place the vessel alongside to bring her to safe mooring

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