Bank Holiday call for volunteers at Walton and Frinton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

There was an abrupt end to Bank Holiday lie-ins for the volunteer crew of the Walton and Frinton RNLI lifeboat.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

Yacht being towed to Shotley Marina by Walton and Frinton Lifeboat.

Just after 8am on Monday 25 May the crew were paged at the request of HM Coastguard to assist a yacht in the vicinity of Stone Point in Walton Backwaters.

The vessel, with three people on board, had lost engine and was unable to sail due to lack of wind in the area at the time. The lifeboat was able to establish a tow and take the yacht back to it's home port at Shotley Marina. Once at Shotley they were met by Holbrook Coastguard team who assisted the yacht through the marina's lock and into a berth.

The Walton and Frinton Lifeboat, Irene Muriel Rees returned to her berth at Walton Pier just after 11am.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or [email protected]

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