St Mary's RNLI lifeboat rescue lone yachtsman
Lifeboats News Release
Following a call for help, the St Mary's RNLI lifeboat was launched at 7.40am on Thursday June 28 to go to the aid of a lone yachtsman.
The volunteer crew reached the small 7.5 metre yacht about 4.5 miles west of Bishop Rock lighthouse. There was one person on board and he'd reported having engine problems in a big sea with increasing East South Easterly winds. The volunteer crew managed to get a line aboard and started a two hour tow to St. Mary's.
Once the yacht was safely placed alongside the quay at 11am, the lifeboat was refuelled and put back on the mooring ready for service.
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