Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat assists yacht with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)’ was tasked on 31 July at 2:24pm to initial reports of a sailing vessel in distress north of Bouldnor.

The 28ft is under tow on the port side of Yarmouth's severn class all weather lifeboat in the entrance to Yarmouth Harbour.

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI safely return yacht to the harbour

A message had been relayed to HM Coastguard by a passing yacht. The wind conditions had strengthened to over 25 knots and the boat appeared to be in some difficulty. The yacht stood by the casualty until Yarmouth lifeboat was on scene.

A crew member was put on-board the 28ft boat to assess the situation. The engine had seized, the sailor was single handed and had no means of communication. A tow was established and the yacht was brought back to Yarmouth.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 3.00pm.

Coxswain Howard Lester said: ‘It is important to check your engine before every trip and ensure you know how to call for help, the casualty was very lucky that the passing boat noticed there was a problem and were able to call for assistance.’

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Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station [email protected] 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London [email protected]

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