Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers assist yacht with engine problems

Lifeboats News Release

In response to a PAN-PAN from a 26’ sailing yacht, the volunteers from Burnham-On-Crouch RNLI launched their Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt to assist at 1.10pm on Thursday 23 July.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Casualty under tow
The casualty yacht with two people and two dogs onboard had reported that they had sustained engine problems with possible engine fire and ingress of water.

A volunteer RNLI crew member was transferred onto the casualty to assess the situation which thankfully revealed no fire and only a small water ingress when the engine was running.

The RNLI crew member onboard the yacht instructed the casualty to follow the lifeboat away from the shallows where there was a possibility of running aground on the sandbanks while a further assessment was made.

A towline was established and the casualty yacht and her occupants were safely towed into the pontoon at Rice and Coles.

The Atlantic Class Lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt returned to Station where she arrived at approximately 3pm.

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