Yarmouth RNLI respond to second Pan Pan in one evening

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 7.24pm to a nine metre motor yacht with engine failure.

Photo of the Yarmouth lifeboat responding to its second Pan Pan call in one evening.

RNLI/Paul Dunt

The Yarmouth lifeboat responds to its second Pan Pan call in one evening.

Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer crew responded to their pagers within half an hour of returning to station from an earlier incident. They quickly headed west out of the Solent to search for a motor cruiser, with two persons on board, that had broken down approximately two and half miles south of Black Gang Chine.

A dutch sailing yacht had initially gone to the aid of the casualty and established a tow. Once on scene, Yarmouth RNLI took over the tow and made the motor yacht secure for the three hour journey back to Yarmouth.

On arrival back in Yarmouth, the RNLI established an alongside tow in order to secure the motor yacht to one of the harbour’s outer moorings, both persons on board were safe and unharmed.

Deputy Coxswain, Pete Lemonious, said ‘It is important to check that your boat is in good mechanical working order and that you have spare fuel before under taking a long passage.’

The Yarmouth Lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 11.20pm

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

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