Yarmouth RNLI rescue yacht adrift in the Solent

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked by HM Coastguard on Monday 6 July 2020 at 1.49am to a ten metre sailing boat that had come to rest alongside Yarmouth Pier.

The Yarmouth Lifeboat: Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour in the early hoursRNLI return to harbour in the early hours

Yarmouth RNLI headed east out of Yarmouth Harbour to the pier where they quickly located a boat that had broken free of its mooring and had drifted onto the pier in the ebb tide.

A crew member was put onboard to assess the situation, the yacht was not occupied and an alongside tow was established. The boat was then brought safely into Yarmouth Harbour where she was met by local coastguard rescue teams, harbor staff and the boat owner.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 2.45am.

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Media contacts:

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

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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