Rhyl RNLI volunteers assist yacht with rope round rudder off Rhyl.
At 11.45am on Thursday 27 September, the mechanic at the station was looking through the binoculars and noticed a 26-foot Westerly Centaur yacht come to a sudden stop, and the lone sailor trying to free a line from the back of the boat.
The crew were on scene within five minutes of launching, and the lifeboat was manoeuvred near to the yacht. However, as the boat was tied at the stern, the yacht was lurching and it was difficult to get alongside. A crew member volunteered to go into the water and try to free the line. The lifeboat got close enough to the yacht, and the crew member swam the few yards to the yacht.
After a few minutes the line was cut free, and the skipper then regained full control. The lifeboat picked up the crew member and then escorted the yacht into Rhyl harbour, where it was safely moored. The lifeboat returned to station at 3.15pm, waiting in the harbour until there was sufficient beach to recover the lifeboat.
Paul Frost, duty coxswain on the lifeboat says ' We advise all people sailing off Rhyl, that there are lines of whelk pots from the harbour to Garford road, just outside of the low water mark. The lines are marked with two white buoys and are about 150m apart. All sea-goers must be aware of this potential hazard when off Rhyl'.
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