Lone yachtsman assisted by Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A solo yachtsman suffering from sickness and fatigue on Sunday morning (18 September) requested support from the RNLI after anchoring in a challenging tidal area.

The UK coastguard tasked the Skegness inshore lifeboat to offer assistance to the vessel.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat Holland Family was launched at 6:36am with a crew of three to offer support to the boat and its lone occupant.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene shortly after launching and assessed the yachtsman. After stopping for a break in a challenging tidal position unknowingly, the crewman fell unwell and was suffering from fatigue.

After their assessment, the lifeboat crew assisted the fatigued yachtsman in lifting their anchor and provided additional local guidance on a more suitable route onwards.

The yachtsman was on a UK-wide voyage making their way south around the British Isles. After working with the vessel and yachtsman for around an hour, the crew assisted them in repositioning their boat and ensured they were well enough to continue their journey towards Norfolk.

The UK coastguard was asked to regularly check in with the yachtsman in the proceeding hours to ensure that their sickness did not return and they remained fit and well to continue without assistance.

The incident was resolved and Skegness inshore lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 9:00am.

Craig Hopkins, RNLI Helm for Skegness inshore lifeboat says: 'It was completely the right decision for the yachtsman to request the support of the UK coastguard, and subsequently the RNLI.

'We were able to respond promptly to the unwell crewman and ensure the situation remained in a controlled safe situation before the tidal condition changed for the worse. It is essential to request help as soon as possible if you find yourself in trouble at sea.'

Notes to editors

· Skegness lifeboat station has been operating lifeboats for over 175 years.since 1896.

· Helm Craig Hopkins is available for interview

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