Margate RNLI assists disabled yacht
The volunteer crew from Margate RNLI lifeboat station has provided assistance to a yacht after it developed machinery problems off the north Kent coast.
The 10m long auxiliary-powered yacht with three persons on board was on passage from the river Medway to Dover when it contacted UK Coastguard around 12.30pm today (Saturday 3 August) reporting it had encountered machinery failure and needed assistance. The vessel had gone to anchor offshore between Westgate-on Sea and Birchington-on-Sea on the north Kent coast.
Coastguards contacted Margate RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat which was participating in a publicity event along with Whitstable RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at Whitstable harbour and requested they proceed to the yacht’s position to provide assistance.
Once on scene, after confirming that the yacht’s crew were safe and well a towing connection was established, and the vessel was towed to the safety of Ramsgate harbour.
Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “The yacht’s crew followed the correct procedure in alerting the coastguard at an early stage of their predicament rather than delaying and risking a more complex operation perhaps in the dark. By deploying their anchor, they also prevented the vessel drifting into further danger including possibly running aground.”
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