Yarmouth RNLI assist single-handed yachtsman in late night rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer), was tasked on Sunday 31 May 2020 at 10.27pm to a 31ft sailing vessel in difficulty to the west of Yarmouth Harbour.

Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth Lifeboat brings yacht into Yarmouth Harbour

Yarmouth RNLI quickly located the casualty vessel just off Norton and a crew member was put on-board the 31ft boat to assess the situation. The single handed sailor had lost the use of the tiller, causing the steering to fail.

The lifeboat crew established an alongside tow to escort the disabled yacht to the safety of Yarmouth harbour, where she was met by the Coastguard Rescue Team.

Coxswain Howard Lester said: ‘I would like to remind everyone that it is important to check your boat and equipment before every trip. On this occasion the sailor had difficulty with his tiller and was also unable to make use of his anchor.'

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 11.50pm.

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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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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