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Crew and Coxswain praised as Seahouses Lifeboat answers MAYDAY call

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Seahouses Lifeboat was called to urgently assist a 40ft sailing schooner in distress south of Holy Island.

Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour
At 5.30pm on Wednesday 22 September, UK Coastguard received a 'MAYDAY' distress call from a 40ft sailing schooner, just south of Holy Island. The vessel, with two crew, required urgent assistance as it had lost its rudder and was taking in water.

UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), which was quickly launched and made best speed to the casualty’s position. As the lifeboat approached the area, the casualty fired a distress flare to assist the lifeboat to locate them, by which time the lifeboat crew had already established visual contact.

On arrival, the Lifeboat Coxswain assessed the casualty’s situation and it was decided with the consent of the schooner’s skipper, to take the vessel in tow to Seahouses after putting a crewman and a salvage pump aboard.

The water ingress was controlled, and the casualty finally arrived at Seahouses at 8.30pm, where the Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team were ready ashore to assist with berthing the casualty vessel.

Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said: 'A fresh breeze and darkness made the operation less easy, requiring some careful boat handling skill by the coxswain and skilled work by the crew, but the vessel was finally berthed safely, pending repairs. That done, the Lifeboat returned to station after a successful job.'

Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour
Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Lifeboat and casualty schooner alongside, enter Seahouses Harbour

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