Early call out for Whitby RNLI volunteers to broken down yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat was launched this morning (Monday 3 June) after a yacht lost propulsion off the coast off Whitby.


Whitby RNLI tow a yacht to safety
The volunteer crew were paged at 4.33am after the yacht struggled to regain power just north of Whitby.

The crew quickly assembled and launched the all-weather lifeboat which made the 3.5 mile journey to the yacht in calm conditions.

A tow was established and the vessel, with three people on board, was brought safely back to harbour.

Whitby Lifeboat Coxswain Howard Fields said 'It was an early start for our volunteers but the crew are always prepared to respond to their pagers at a moment's notice. They train regularly for all eventualities. A yacht without propulsion could have ended up in a more serious predicament had we not arrived and towed it to safety so it is always advisable to contact the Coastguard if you run into difficulty on the water.'

To contact the Coastguard call 999

For more information contact Whitby Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com


Whitby RNLI tow a yacht to safety


Whitby RNLI tow a yacht to safety

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