RNLI Longhope launch to assist yacht at St Margarets Hope

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were paged on the evening of 14 July at 11.53pm and the Helen Comrie was launched in fresh westerly winds to attend a yacht which appeared to be dragging its anchor near St Margaret’s Hope.

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Preparing to leave Longhope Pier
The UK Coastguard had been alerted by a concerned member of the public but, unfortunately, all attempts to contact the crew of the yacht had been unsuccessful.

Thankfully, as the lifeboat arrived on the scene they were met by local vessel the Mary Ann who had been able to speak to the crew directly. The Y-boat was launched and the volunteer crew stood by to assist as the yacht anchor was re-positioned in deeper water. 

The lifeboat returned to the station in Longhope at 2am where it was cleaned and made ready for service once again. 

Lifeboat Coxswain Angus Budge said ‘Thanks to all those who assisted last night. The report from the person onshore and the considerate action of the crew of the Mary Ann helped to insure a positive outcome.’

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