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Craster RNLI rescues 30ft yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Craster RNLI came to the aid of the crew of a 30ft yacht on Thursday (30 April). The yacht was aground only metres from the beach.

The yacht only meters from the beach

HMCG / Howick Coastguard

The grounded yacht
The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged to launch at 3.34pm.

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Craster RNLI to assist the yacht at Howdiemont sands (South Longhoughton Beach), 10 minutes south of Craster.

A member of the public had called 999 for the Coastguard and Howick Coastguard Rescue Team had been tasked to the location to assess the situation.

On arrival, the crew were informed the anchor shackle had broken and the yacht had started to drift, being driven by the wind and waves into the very shallow waters.

With the tide rising, the inshore D class lifeboat D839. pulled the considerably heavier and larger vessel to safety away from the waves and shallow waters.

Amble RNLI launched their Shannon class all-weather lifeboat to assist the vessel on her passage south.

Craster RNLI's lifeboat then returned to Craster Harbour and prepared the lifeboat, ready for the next service following Covid-19 guidelines.


Craster lifeboat leaving the harbour to head south to the beaches yacht

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

Craster Lifeboat leaving the harbour
The considerably larger vessel towed to safety by the D class lifeboat

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

After the rescue the amble lifeboat escorted the vessel to Amble

RNLI/Jeff Foster

Heading South escorted by Amble ALB

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