Yarmouth RNLI rescues grounded vessel with two people on board

Lifeboats News Release

The all weather lifeboat 'Eric & Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)' launched from Yarmouth harbour at 5:25pm yesterday evening (Saturday), tasked by the UK Coastguard with assisting a motorboat that had run aground in Totland Bay.

RNLI's Yarmouth Lifeboat leaving the harbour on yesterday's shout.

RNLI/Rob Scott

RNLI's Yarmouth Lifeboat leaving the harbour on yesterday's shout.
In calm and fine conditions, the RNLI lifeboat reached the 41 foot casualty vessel within 13 minutes to find that she had sustained machinery failure as a result of striking an underwater obstruction in the Bay.

The onboard inflatable Y Boat was immediately deployed and was able to successfully tow the motorboat clear of the obstruction. This enabled the lifeboat to establish an alongside tow to escort the disabled vessel to the safety of Yarmouth harbour, arriving back at station at 6:48pm.

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