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St Bees RNLI tow in stricken yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

At 12:20pm on May 29 the volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard to assist a 27ft sailing vessel.

St Bees lifeboat towing the yacht into the safety of Whitehaven Harbour.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Entering Whitehaven Harbour under tow.

The 27 foot sailing vessel was under sail off St Bees Head and heading towards Whitehaven Harbour when the yacht suffered engine failure. The solo yachtsman had called the Coastguard to asked for assistance to navigate into Whitehaven.

The volunteer crew quickly located the yacht and towed it into the harbour where they were met by members of Whitehaven Coastguard.

Dick Beddows, St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'The skipper on the yacht did the right thing by calling for assistance before the situation became too difficult for the lone sailor.'

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