Single handed yachtsman rescued from his broken down vessel by Plymouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI volunteers launched the charity’s Atlantic 85, Annabel E Jones, to assist a single handed yachtsman feeling unwell and his vessel reporting engine difficulties 1m South of Plymouth Breakwater.

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ILB returning to station with casualty vessel

The casualty used his mobile phone to dial 999 and asked for the coastguard.

The volunteer crew of the ILB located the casualty vessel soon after launching and found the male required medical attention. The decision was made to leave a crew member with the vessel and take the casualty back to the station where an ambulance was waiting to receive him.

After the ambulance crew carried out checks he was discharged at the scene and family members picked him up.

The ILB relaunched and towed the casualty vessel back to Millbay. By 5:30pm ILB the volunteer crew had returned to station ready for service.

The RNLI provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland up to 100 nautical miles offshore.

Sailing and motor-boating – always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help, get appropriate training, and check your engine and fuel before every trip.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers and staff strive for excellence and are expected to be trustworthy, courageous, selfless and dependable.

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The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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.

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ILB returning to station with casualty vessel

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Casualty vessel under tow by Plymouth RNLI

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.

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