Wells RNLI assists three people in a 27ft cruiser with machinery failure
Wells RNLI has rescued three people after their 27ft cruiser got into difficulty off Bakeney on Friday afternoon.
On Friday (17 September) at 3.38pm, HM Coastguard requested Wells RNLI’s all-weather volunteer crew to assist a 27ft cruiser with engine failure. The vessel was adrift a mile and a half off Blakeney point with a crew of three people on passage to Kings Lynn.
The Mersey class lifeboat, the Doris M Mann of Ampthill, launched at 3.54pm in front of the boathouse and proceeded to the casualty position. At 4.35pm, the crew arrived alongside and assessed the situation. It was decided that the best option was to tow the casualty vessel and crew to Wells Harbour without delay as there was sufficient time to get back while there was still enough water to cross the bar.
At 6.23pm, the casualty vessel was moored safely alongside the town quay and handed into the care of the local Coastguard.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.