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Whitby RNLI tow sailing vessel to safety.

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat was tasked this morning (Tuesday 23 April) after the boat suffered from issues with propulsion.

RNLI/Aden Welford

Whitby RNLI tow a sailing vessel to safety

The tall ship, which had a number of passengers on board was close to Whitby harbour when it suffered a propulsion failure and had to lower its anchor.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 6.30am to the vessel which was just North of the piers at Whitby harbour.

Due to the weather conditions at the entrance to the harbour it was decided that the safest course of action was to tow the vessel to Hartlepool.

The passage took around three hours, the vessel and its passengers were delivered safely with the help of Hartlepool RNLI before the lifeboat made its way back to port in Whitby.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'The incident highlights the importance of carrying a means of communication when making any journey by sea. The crew were able to contact the coastguard promptly and a tow was established before the vessel got into any difficulty.'

'Thank you to Hartlepool RNLI crew who assisted us in safely delivering the vessel to their local harbour.'

If you get into difficulty on or near the water you can alert the Coastguard by calling 999.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or ceri_oakes@hotmail.com


RNLI/Aden Welford

Whitby RNLI tow a sailing vessel to safety

RNLI/Dave Harcourt

Whitby RNLI tow a sailing vessel to safety

RNLI/Dave Harcourt

Whitby RNLI tow a sailing vessel to safety

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