Seahouses lifeboats go to assistance of 14m yacht off Holy Island
At 7:33pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses lifeboats, to go to the assistance of a 14 metre yacht, which had been on passage from South Queensferry to Hartlepool, with three crew aboard.
On arrival at Holy Island, with a freshening wind and lack of water depth, the first attempt to bring the yacht alongside was abandoned. Other moored vessels, mooring buoys and ropes, made this a tricky job in the dark, despite the inshore lifeboat exploring a safe route to the jetty.
The yacht was then placed on a safe mooring at the Haven, while the lifeboat crew used boat hooks to try and release the ropes from the yacht’s propeller, rudder and keel. This was successful, and the yacht’s engine was started and gearbox checked for possible damage. It was established that all was well, so the yacht was left on the mooring and the lifeboats returned to station at Seahouses, arriving back at midnight.
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