Blyth RNLI respond to yacht requiring assistance

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Volunteer crew responded to a request to assist a 22ft yacht which was 2 miles East of the Port of Blyth

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Atlantic 75 leaving Blyth RNLI to assist 22ft yacht requiring assistance

At 4.59pm on Saturday 7 March 2020 volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers as a 22ft yacht was struggling to make any head way due to the weather conditions.

The Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat with 3 volunteer crew on board launched shortly afterwards and proceeded to head to the casualty vessel.

After 10 minutes the volunteer crew were alongside the yacht which had 2 persons on board who were safe and well. Due to the offshore wind and moderate sea state the yacht was struggling to make it's destination and therefore it was decided to tow them to the safety of the Port of Blyth.

A volunteer crew member boarded the casualty vessel and the tow was quickly established and after fifty minutes the yacht was alongside the visitor's berth at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club within the Port of Blyth.

The local Blyth Coastguard unit assisted in making sure the yacht was safely secured.

Barry Pearson , Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blyth RNLI said; 'We were requested by the UK Coastguard to assist a 22ft yacht which was struggling due to the weather conditions. Our volunteer crew quickly assessed the situation and established the tow. We are glad that the 2 persons on board were safe and well and that the yacht had not suffered any damage.'

For safety advice please visit https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/yacht-sailing-and-motorboating

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Robin Palmer Volunteer crew member and Lifeboat Press Officer on mobile number 07801 290638 or email robin-palmer@rnli.org.uk

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