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Walton and Frinton RNLI launch to assist yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at the request of Dover Coastguard on Friday 7 June at 11:33am to a 8 metre yacht in difficulty 2.5 miles from station.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their Tamar Class all-weather lifeboat into strengthening Easterly winds to assist an 8m yacht, with 2 crew on board, that had suffered engine failure 2.5 miles South-east of the lifeboat station.

Once the lifeboat and the volunteer crew were on the scene, at the request of the yacht's skipper a tow was established in order to get them back safely in the deteriorating weather. With the tow underway it was agreed to take the yacht to Titchmarsh Marina where the yacht was secured and the yacht's crew could make arrangements for repairs. With the yacht safely alongside, Dover Coastguard released the lifeboat allowing it to return to station.

Trevor Halls, Walton and Frinton RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘Mechanical failure can happen at any time, and the crew of the yacht made the sensible decision to reported their issue quickly with the deteriorating weather allowing our volunteer lifeboat crew to respond swiftly."

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or email Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or email Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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