Wick lifeboat was launched last night to go to the assistance of a 30’ yacht
The vessel, with two people on board, was struggling against strong tides and strong Southerly winds to the north of Freswick, near Wick.
The lifeboat arrived on scene approximately 30 minutes after launching at 8pm. Once on scene a decision was made that the best course of action was to transfer two of the lifeboat crew to the yacht to assist and rig up a tow.
Having successfully establishing a tow rope the vessel was delivered safely to Wick harbour four and a half hours after launching.
Mark Cormack (Coxswain), said it was a dirty night with a strong 40 knot wind, driving rain, and 3-meter seas.
Mark commented that it was great teamwork among the crew which brought the shout to a successful conclusion.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.