Bridlington lifeboat crew help lone French sailor
A lone French sailor on passage from Edinburgh to the French coast found himself in trouble off the East Yorkshire coast after an equipment failure.
The skipper of the yacht requested help from the UK Coastguard when two of his halyards parted leaving him with only his mainsail.
In a position eleven miles to the South East of Bridlington and with the wind blowing force 4/5 he was only able to make a little headway.
The Shannon class lifeboat Antony Patrick Jones launched to aid the sailor at 11.00am on Sunday 9 September.
The volunteers made good speed to the vessel and once on scene, Coxswain Steve Emmerson carefully put the lifeboat alongside the yacht enabling Andy Rodgers to get on board.
Once Andy was able to set up a tow and stow away the loose sails and ropes the yacht was towed safely to Bridlington.
After making sure the skipper and his yacht were safe in the harbour the crew rehoused the lifeboat and held a debriefing on the days call.
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.