Walton and Frinton RNLI launch to the aid of a yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI launched on Tuesday 21 May at 10:26am at the request of Dover Coastguard to go to the aid of a yacht in difficulty.

The 44ft yacht was on passage from Holland when he was becalmed and suffered engine failure 23 miles East of the Walton & Frinton Lifeboat station. The yacht had been making good headway until the wind dropped and a fuel pump issue stopped the engine soon after it was started.

With the yacht close to the Inner Gabbard Windfarm, a support vessel Challenger commenced a tow to bring the yacht out of danger. With the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) making best possible speed to meet the yacht and Challenger a rendezvous was arranged.

With the transfer of tow completed a course was set for Titchmarsh Marina where the casualty was safely moored and the ALB was released to return to station to be readied for service again.

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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

Yacht 'The Shift' alongside RNLI Tamar Lifeboat Irene Muriel Reece

RNLI/Dale Steggles

Yacht 'The Shift' alongside RNLI Tamar Lifeboat Irene Muriel Reece

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