St Bees RNLI tow in stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI volunteers were paged on Sunday 7 August just after 10.35am to go to the assistance of a yacht with two people onboard in difficulties near St Bees.


St Bees RNLI assisting with the rescue

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the aid of a sailing boat with engine failure three miles west of the lifeboat station.

The crew of the sailing vessel were able to give their exact location which made finding them a much easier task. As soon as the lifeboat was alongside the boat the crew established that there had been a loud bang from the engine.

Suspecting that there was damage to the propeller shaft and therefore a risk of sinking, the RNLI volunteers decided that the best option was to tow the sailing boat to the safety of the nearest harbour.

The tide at that time meant it was not going to be possible to enter the harbour for about three hours. As the casualty vessel appeared to be taking on more water than was expected the lifeboat crew made the decision to remain with the boat until there was sufficient water to allow them to enter Whitehaven Harbour.

As soon as the yacht was secured in the harbour the lifeboat returned to the station five and half hours after launching. It was then washed down ready for the next service.

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