Wells and Cromer RNLI lifeboats tow yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Wells Lifeboat was in action on Tuesday 16 July, towing a 34’ yacht to safety.

The yacht was on a passage from Wells to Lowestoft the previous evening when a rope got caught around her prop causing her to stall. The yacht, with two on board, tried to sail to safety but was becalmed in light airs. After trying for two hours to make way, the crew had no option but to call for help.

Cromer lifeboat, which was nearest station to their position, launched and towed them back to Wells where the yacht anchored overnight in Holkham Bay to await the early morning tide.

Then at 5:30 am Wells all-weather lifeboat launched and towed the yacht into the outer harbour and made her safe.

Wells Lifeboat is currently celebrating 150years of saving lives at sea as a RNLI Lifeboat Station. Details on our website and Facebook at wellslifeboat.org and @wellsrnli

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John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer.

Mob: 07831 103166 Tel: 01328 710882 Email: lpo@wellslifeboat.org

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