Both RNLI Torbay lifeboats launch to assist grounded yacht off Paignton

Lifeboats News Release

Both the RNLI Torbay all-weather and inshore lifeboat crews were tasked at around 11.40am on Wednesday 30 May to reports of a sailing vessel which had run aground at Preston Sands, north of Paignton.

The two volunteer lifeboat crews were quickly on scene and discovered a 32’ yacht aground on sand, offshore from the Redcliffe Hotel in Paignton. There were 6 adults aboard, and 4 people were taken off the vessel by the inshore lifeboat crew.

The 4 casualties (who were unharmed) were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat and taken to Torquay harbour to go safely ashore, leaving two crew aboard the yacht to await high tide later in the day to re-float the vessel (which was undamaged).

Weather conditions were very murky due to the recent thundery downpours and low cloud, and – although the sea state was calm – visibility was quite poor.

Both lifeboat crews were then able to return to station, refuel the lifeboats and prepare for any further taskings.

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RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat crew assist the grounded sailing vessel off Paignton

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RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat crews transfer the casualties to the all-weather lifeboat

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