Yarmouth RNLI respond to a Pan Pan from a yacht with two persons on board

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Thursday 16 July 2020 at 5.42pm to a ten metre yacht in difficulty just off Hurst Narrows.

Photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat leaving the harbour in the direction of Hurst Narrows.

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The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat leaving the harbour in the direction of Hurst Narrows.

Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer crew headed west out of Yarmouth harbour and were quickly on scene with the casualty vessel, where they assessed the situation. The yacht was suffering from intermittent engine failure but was able to make way under sail while escorted by Yarmouth RNLI.

On the approach to Yarmouth Harbour an RNLI volunteer crew member was put onboard the yacht to assist with securing an alongside tow. Once safely in harbour, the vessel was met by Needles Coastguard RescueTeams to be given further assistance and advice.

Yarmouth Lifeboat was ready for service at 7.05pm

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 SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

Photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel.

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The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel.
Photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel.

RNLI/Paul Dunt

The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel.

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