Scarborough RNLI rescue stricken yacht

Lifeboats Statement

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat was launched this evening when rope snared a yacht’s propeller.

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat

RNLI/Dave Barry

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat

The lifeboat, with a crew of six, didn’t have far to go as the 11m yacht was in the south bay.

The rescue boat was launched at 8.46pm and was on scene a few minutes later. The yacht was towed into the harbour.

Andy Volans, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'It was a straightforward rescue operation, the kind our volunteer crews train for week in, week out.'

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For further details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

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