Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats tow grounded yacht to safety
Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched at 8:15pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 after it was reported to the UK Coastguard that a 12 metre yacht had run aground trying to enter Eyemouth harbour at low tide.
With the yacht grounding heavily in the 1 metre swell, the inshore lifeboat passed a tow and held the yachts bow to the waves. The ALB then took over the tow and working with the swell, moved the yacht slowly into the safety of deeper water.
Once clear of the shallows, the yacht was assessed for damage and water ingress. Content that hull had not been breached and it’s rudder and propeller undamaged, the yacht elected to head for the Firth of Forth.
Eyemouth lifeboat escorted the vessel a short distance to ensure all was well. Once no further assistance was required, both lifeboats were stood down, returned to station and made ready for service again.
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, in a normal year, 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.