Rescue of 32’ pleasure craft by Wells lifeboat
Wells lifeboat was paged at 10.56am by Humber Coastguard to launch and render assistance to a 32’ pleasure craft in difficulty with two people on board. The craft had lost steering off Scolt Head Island and was in danger of running aground.
The all-weather lifeboat launched outside the boathouse at 11.11am on the ebbing tide and proceeded towards Scolt Head Island. It arrived on scene at 11.35am and started to rig a tow to bring the casualty vessel back to the safety of Wells Harbour.
Time was of the essence as the tide was strongly ebbing. The tow commenced at 11.45am with the lifeboat and the casualty proceeding back towards Wells fairway making the best speed possible.
The lifeboat arrived back at the fairway at 12.20pm and, with the tide still ebbing strongly and little clearance under the keel, the volunteer crew carefully navigated into the harbour channel toward the boathouse.
At 12.43 pm the casualty vessel was safely secured alongside the outer harbour pontoon. With its crew confirmed to be fit, the lifeboat returned to the boathouse and was refuelled and ready again for service at 2.00 pm.
RNLI Picture caption
The photo shows the casualty vessel being assisted by Wells RNLI all-weather lifeboat.
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For more information please telephone Adrian Underwood, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Office for Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station on 07976 717304 or Adrian_Underwood@rnli.org.uk
Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer for the North and East on (07824) 518641 firstname.lastname@example.org
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