Long distance sailor towed by Scarborough RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A solo yachtsman who said he was circumnavigating Britain and Ireland had to be towed to safety by Scarborough RNLI.

The lifeboat approaches the yacht

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The lifeboat approaches the yacht

Sailing against the tide, with a force 8-9 gale forecast, the vessel was 26 miles east of the town when it experienced engine failure.

The all-weather Shannon lifeboat arrived at about 8.30pm.

On a rough sea, with weather conditions deteriorating, the sailor agreed to be towed to the harbour.

The lifeboat, with a crew of six, launched at about 7.15pm and returned at about 1.30am.

Scarborough RNLI would like to thank the crew of the Success III trawler for alerting the Coastguard and staying with the yacht until the lifeboat arrived.

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For details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

The lifeboat and yacht in the harbour

RNLI/Will Watts

The lifeboat and yacht in the harbour
The lifeboat in the harbour the morning after

RNLI/Dave Barry

The lifeboat in the harbour the morning after

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