Seahouses crew battle Force 7 winds in night rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Both Seahouses boats were involved in the rescue of two men adrift in a dinghy off Holy Island on the evening of Wednesday 12 June.

RNLI/Jim Rice

RNLB Grace Darling returns to station

The call came shortly before 10pm. The All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) Grace Darling was launched, making its way to the last known location of the casualties, who had been attempting to reach their yacht which was moored at Holy Island harbour.

Due to the poor weather conditions - Force 7 winds and 2.5 to 4m rough seas - Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was transported by Landrover and trailer to Holy Island and launched at Holy Island harbour.

Seahouses ILB was directed by H.M. Coastguard to the location of the dinghy. The occupants were transferred to the ILB and the dinghy was towed to meet with the ALB.

The casualties were examined by a doctor on board the ALB and, although cold, passed fit to be then taken to their yacht. Both were properly dressed in protective clothing and were wearing lifejackets.

Both lifeboats returned to Seahouses and were ready for service by 2am.

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