Yacht becalmed with engine failure rescued off Lundy
Lifeboats News Release
Last night (22th May) Appledore RNLI volunteer crew were called out to a boat in trouble a few miles North of Lundy.
Last night (22th May) Appledore RNLI volunteer crew were called out to a boat in trouble a few miles North of Lundy. Totally becalmed and with engine failure, the yacht called the Coastguard for help. Appledore all-weather boat was launched just after 5 pm, reaching the casualty at around 6.15 pm and taking it safety under tow.
As Appledore lifeboat would be battling both the tide and water depth to bring the yacht back to the Torridge Taw estuary, and as both Tenby and Ilfracombe harbours also dry out, it was decided to take the casualty vessel to Milford Haven which has 27/7 deep water access.
Angle all-weather lifeboat was launched and the tow passed between the two lifeboats at 8.15 pm. Appledore RNLI returned to station and was ready for service again two hours later, with Angle lifeboat and the casualty arriving at Milford half an hour after midnight.
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