Walton and Frinton RNLI assist disabled yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Walton and Frinton all-weather lifeboat were paged shortly after 9.30pm on Friday 2 August to assist a yacht two miles SE of their station.

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Yacht being towed into Walton Backwaters by Walton and Frinton RNLI

Dover Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to assist a 33ft yacht with two people on board which was on passage from the River Medway in Kent to Harwich Harbour.

The yacht was making some progress under sail but with darkness falling and their engine not working the crew of the vessel were becoming concerned about making safe harbour.

Once on scene the lifeboat passed a line to the vessel and a tow was made in to Walton Backwaters.

After securing the yacht alongside at Titchmarsh Marina the lifeboat returned to its berth at Walton Pier shortly after 1am.

Commenting afterwards volunteer crew member Kevin Leech said: 'We were happy to provide the people on the vessel with reassurance and a tow to safe harbour at what was clearly a difficult time for them.'

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or [email protected]

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