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Blyth RNLI come to the aid of a stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI were paged on Thursday 13th January at 11.03am.

The Atlantic 85 was launched at 11.13am with four volunteer crew on board and proceeded to the position of the stricken yacht that was due East to the entrance of the Port of Blyth.

After arriving on scene some 12 minutes later it was decided that a volunteer crew member would be placed on board the yacht and a tow would be established.

Both the occupants of the yacht were found to be in good spirits and that a fouled propellor had caused them to require assistance.

Having established the tow and with agreement from UK Coastguard the yacht was towed back to 37 Jetty within the Port of Blyth were they were met by the local coastguard unit from Blyth.

The Atlantic 85 then returned to the lifeboat station at 1.05pm and made ready for service.

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 or [email protected] contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Blyth RNLI volunteer crew approach stricken yacht

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