Drifting yacht towed to safety by RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 8.49pm on Monday 10 August to assist a yacht with two people on board that had broken down and with no wind to set sails was drifting towards the very busy shipping lanes in the Thames Estuary

The casualty craft being towed out of danger in the very bust Thames estuary by the Sheerness all weather lifeboat

RNLI/Vic Booth

On tow

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 28 foot sailing yacht that was drifting towards the main shipping lanes in the Warps area of the Thames Estuary.

The yacht with a father and son onboard was in difficulties due to engine failure and with the lack of any wind it was not possible to set sail to get out of trouble.

Launching at 8.49pm with a crew of seven the lifeboat quickly established communications with the casualty vessel via VHF radio

The lifeboat located the casualty at 9.18pm and with a towline secured the vessel was taken to the safety of Queenborough Harbour where it was secured on the all tide landing at 11.34pm.

After giving safety advice the ALB was released and was back on station at 11.49pm

Weather Part cloudy, Wind ENE 6 knts, Sea state calm, visibility good.

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