Volunteers from Walton and Frinton RNLI assist yacht drifting with steering fail
The volunteers at Walton and Frinton RNLI had their Saturday 17 July plans interrupted as the pagers sounded at 9:20am to go to the aid of a yacht needing assistance 17 miles from station.
The slow tow commenced which took some six and half hours, once in the Walton backwaters the crew of the all-weather Tamar lifeboat were waved down by a broken down speed boat, which was also talking to the UK coastguard via a mobile phone at the same time.
RNLI Media contacts
For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk
Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk
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.