Stricken yacht towed to safety by Alderney RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Alderney Coastguard received a Mayday call on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 May from a yacht which had run aground on the Brinchetais Reef, east of The Island.

Roy Barker I, casualty and RNLI inflatable boat, with military patrol boat in background.

Sally Ireland and James Brenton

Roy Barker I, casualty and RNLI inflatable boat, with military patrol boat in background.

The Alderney RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Roy Barker I was launched at 3.00pm and was on scene at 3.13pm.

Two RNLI volunteer crew members were transferred to the vessel using the small inflatable boat carried onboard the lifeboat, in order to assess the damage of the stricken yacht, which was on the reef.

At 3.55pm, as the tide was beginning to turn, the vessel was successfully recovered from the reef and both vessels returned to Braye Harbour at 4.54pm.

Coxswain Declan Gaudion said: 'The 11m yacht with four persons on board had got into difficulty whilst navigating the very strong tides of the Alderney Race. Fortunately the vessel did not sustain any serious damage, due to the very calm sea conditions.'

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. The charity also provides a lifeguard service on more than 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands each summer.

Media Contacts

Jo Parmentier, Alderney RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (07911) 723336 joanna_parmentier@hotmail.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk


Casualty and RNLI inflatable boat

RNLI/ Coxwain Declan Gaudion

Casualty and RNLI inflatable boat
Yacht being towed to Braye Harbour

RNLI/Jo Parmentier

Yacht being towed to Braye Harbour

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