Walton and Frinton RNLI assist lone sailor

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Walton and Frinton RNLI had an interrupted start to their working day on Thursday 10 June when they were sent to assist a sailor in difficulty.

RNLI/Stewart Oxley

Walton and Frinton ALB, Irene Muriel Rees
Dover Coastguard made the request for the crew’s assistance just after 9am when a 10 metre yacht became stranded just off the Naze area at Walton.

The yacht, with one person aboard, had become entangled in fishing gear and was unable to move.

Once on scene the crew of the all-weather lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees used their equipment to help remove the lines from the yacht’s rudder. Having established that no damage had been sustained the lifeboat returned to her berth at Walton Pier and the yacht continued on its journey south to Brightlingsea.

Speaking of behalf of the team, volunteer crew member Miranda Rayner said: ‘The gentleman on the yacht had made attempts to free himself from the fishing gear but with the tide running it proved impossible. We were able to take the weight off the lines and untangle the ropes which had become wrapped around the yacht’s rudder.

‘Happily the yacht had been under sail when it became entangled so the propeller was clear. With no damage sustained the yacht was able to continue on its way without further assistance.’

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or [email protected]

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