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St Bees RNLI tow yacht to safety.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were called to a yacht in difficulty at 5:50pm Tuesday 28 May.

Library photo of St Bees lifeboat towing

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Library photo of St Bees lifeboat towing

As the volunteers at St Bees RNLI were arriving for their regular Tuesday evening training they were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the aid of a 27 foot yacht with engine failure.

The lifeboat soon made contact with the yacht, which was unable to make its way to Whitehaven Harbour unaided. A towline was attached and St Bees lifeboat then completed a slow but successfully tow into Whitehaven Harbour.

St Bees lifeboats operations manager Dick Beddows said 'when going to sea always make sure you have everything required to reach your destination safely.'

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk

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