Amble Lifeboat on long distance service

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request from Humber Coastguard for assistance Amble all-weather Shannon class Lifeboat Elizabeth and Leonard launched.

A yacht 85 miles east of Amble with two persons on board had contacted the Coastguard because of an injury to one of her crew.

The coastguard despatched a helicopter to airlift the injured party for hospital care and contacted the Amble RNLI lifeboat station for assistance.

Amble Lifeboat launched at 1.15pm on Thursday 1 August to assist. With moderate sea conditions and a two metre swell with north east winds of force four or five.

On arrival on scene it was determined that the remaining crewman of the yacht had not had sleep for four days so two lifeboat crew were transferred to the casualty and the yacht taken in tow for Amble.

On arrival back at Amble at 04.30am 2 August the yacht was berthed in Amble Marina and the Lifeboat prepared ready for sea.

Coxswain David Bell commented that the Shannon class lifeboat is capable of operating up to 100 miles offshore at 25 knots as opposed to Amble’s previous Mersea class boat which was only capable of a 50 mile range.

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