Yarmouth RNLI assist 6m yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock' (Wanderer), was tasked on Sunday 21 June 2020 at 4.05pm to a small sailing vessel in difficulty to the west of Yarmouth Harbour.

Yarmouth RNLI secure yacht alongside the lifeboat

RNLI/Howard Lester

Yarmouth RNLI secure yacht alongside the lifeboat

Yarmouth RNLI located the casualty vessel just off Black Rock and a crew member was put on-board the yacht to assess the situation. The single handed sailor was struggling to maintain control of the boat in the strong south westerly winds that were gusting up to 30 knots.

The lifeboat crew established an alongside tow to escort the yacht to the safety of Yarmouth harbour, where she was met by the Coastguard Rescue Team and given safety advice.

Howard Lester, Coxswain for Yarmouth’s RNLI Lifeboat said: ‘Always check the weather forecast and ensure your boat is seaworthy before setting sail.’

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 4.50pm.

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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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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