Early call out for Whitby RNLI volunteers to broken down yacht.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched this morning (Monday 3 June) after a yacht lost propulsion off the coast off 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 email@example.com
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.