St Mary's lifeboat rescues yachtsman during twelve hour operation.

Lifeboats News Release

St Mary's lifeboat The Whiteheads under the command of Phil Woodcock was launched at 6.35am on Wednesday 7 March to go to the aid of a single-handed yacht that was in difficulties approximately 48 nautical miles south of St Mary's.


Stock image of St Mary's lifeboat
The skipper of the 12 metre yacht reported that his sails had been blown out and he had engine failure.

The lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, arrived at the casualty three hours after the launch and after confirming that the lone skipper was in good health, attached a tow rope and began the long journey back to St Mary's.

The rescue took twelve hours and after refuelling, the lifeboat was back on the moorings and ready for service.

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