Seahouses lifeboats assist yacht at Holy Island Anchorage
At 4:20pm on Saturday 30 April 2022, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to assist an 11m yacht, with one crew person aboard, which was dragging its anchor at Holy Island haven, and unable to retrieve it.
A rope was then also found snagged around the yacht's propeller and rudder. At this point, the ILB crew requested the assistance of the larger all-weather lifeboat, as the rope on the yacht's propeller was complicating an already difficult situation.
The anchor was freed.
The all-weather lifeboat Coxswain assessed the situation and owing the
fact that the yacht's propeller was fouled by a towline, it was decided that the safest decision was to offer, with the yachtsman's consent, to tow the yacht to the Kettle anchorage in the Inner Farne Islands, and arrange for a diver to attend the following day, to remove the rope from its propeller.
This was agreed, and the yacht was towed to the Kettle. Once done, with the casualty safely at anchor in the Kettle, both lifeboats returned to station. The Coastguard Operations Room were kept fully updated during the incident.
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