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Wells lifeboat crew rescue a large powerboat with mechanical problems out at sea

Lifeboats News Release

The vessel was on route to Wells harbour when it developed engine problems eight miles offshore. The crew radioed the coastguard who requested Wells Lifeboat to go to their assistance.

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RNLI lifeboat towing the rescue vessel in parallel to return back to safety in the harbour.

It’s the start of a busy week for the Wells Lifeboat Station with a shout to a power-driven vessel which was facing difficulty whilst on passage to Wells harbour.

Wells RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 10.50am, Sunday 7 July, to assist a 12m offshore racing power boat that had two people on board. The vessel developed mechanical issues and loss of steerage eight miles offshore. Once the crew arrived, a crew member was placed on board so they could rig a tow and head towards the Fairway Buoy at Wells.

With the tide ebbing, the tow had to be shortened in order to keep the vessel and lifeboat safe. At around 12.15pm, the lifeboat and casualty vessel arrived at the harbour entrance. Once inside the safety of the harbour, a berth was made ready to moor the powerboat on the outer harbour pontoons.

The lifeboat then, returned to station and was rehoused, refuelled and made ready for service at 1.15pm.

No one was hurt in the incident.

For further information contact:

John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer.
Mob: 07831 103166 Tel: 01328 710882 Email: lpo@wellslifeboat.org

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