St Bees RNLI launched to overdue yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

On 11 July St Bees RNLI volunteers launched to locate a vessel reported as overdue en route to Whitehaven Harbour.

St Bees lifeboat heading towards the overdue yacht.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Locating the overdue yacht.

At 6:40pm on 11 July St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to try and locate a vessel reported as overdue en route to Whitehaven.

St Bees lifeboat launched and quickly made contact with the overdue vessel and confirmed that everything was okay, the passage was just taking longer than expected. The vessel continued on to Whitehaven and our lifeboat returned to the station.

Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said "The people waiting for their friends did the correct thing and contacted the coastguard as soon as they were aware their friends were overdue. When planning a trip at sea you should always let the coastguard or someone on shore know your plans and advise them of any changes that happen along the way".

For further information contact St Bees RNLI volunteer press officer Colin Wadey on 07742207222

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