Filey RNLI assist yacht with fouled propeller.

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht on passage to the west coast of Scotland which had a fouled propeller, led to Filey RNLI crew being called out just before midday today (14th May)

Filey ALB with the yacht Amboina in tow

RNLI/Tom Barkley

Filey ALB with the yacht Amboina in tow

At 11.40am, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, to the 30 foot yacht, Ambiona, with two persons on board, which had a fouled propeller about 400 yards off the beach at Primrose Valley, just south of Filey.

Within a short time, the ALB had launched with Coxswain / Mechanic Neil Cammish in command and Barry Robson, Dave Eblet, Ian Butler, Tom Barkley and Fraser Haddington as crew. The lifeboat made best possible speed to the yacht arriving on scene within a few minutes.

Once the lifeboat had arrived, it was decided to tow the yacht to Scarborough where its crew would be able to free the obstruction. Both boats arrived in Scarborough just after 1.30pm.

The ALB was re-carriaged back in Filey by about 3pm.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “It was a beautiful sunny day with a very calm sea but these sorts of problems can occur whatever the weather. We wish the crew a safe onward passage to Scotland. Many thanks to all the volunteer Filey RNLI crew who attended today especially helping to put the boat back on its carriage”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.

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