Dart RNLI assists large yacht at entrance to Dartmouth harbour
A 63 tonne 75ft yacht had just lowered her sails in failing light when she lost her steering on Friday (1 Feb)
She was approaching the Castle Ledge buoy in the narrow entrance to the harbour. She immediately called the Coastguard in Falmouth who tasked the Dart RNLI B class lifeboat and the Torbay all weather lifeboat to assist. The five yachtsmen onboard were able to set up a jury rig and regained their ability to steer shortly after the Dart lifeboat reached them. The RNLI volunteers then escorted her to the town pontoon. The yacht had been on a shake down passage from Lymington.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.