Plymouth RNLI volunteers launch to help lone yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI volunteers launch to help a 28ft yacht suffering engine trouble south of Rame Head.

Plymouth ALB passing eastern entrance heading out to sea

RNLI/John Baldry

Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat

Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover) launched on service this morning at 6:40am with 7 volunteer crew to a 28ft yacht with 1 person on board.

The All Weather Lifeboat located the casualty vessel shortly after 7am south of Rame Head and under the Queen's Harbour Masters instruction established a tow back to Plymouth Yacht Haven.

ALB and crew returned to station 9:45am and after a bit of extra time cleaning under the new COVID-19 procedures the ALB is ready for service.

This is the 22nd launch of 2020 for the volunteer crew.

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95% of RNLI people are volunteers. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our charity, supported by expert staff working in partnership to enable communities to save lives.

In 2019 the Plymouth RNLI launched the charity’s lifeboat’s 174 times and with a busy start to 2020 launching on service now 22 times it is more important than ever to support the RNLI.

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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

If you see someone in trouble Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Dave Appleby

Plymouth ALB (Sybil Mullen Glover)

Dave Appleby

Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover)

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