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Seahouses Lifeboats called to assist disabled yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:10pm on Thursday 07 July 2022, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat, to assist an 11m single crewed yacht, in difficulty ½ mile north east of Emmanuel Head at Holy Island.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB Grace Darling launching on service

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB Grace Darling launching on service
The yacht had snagged two ropes on its rudder and propeller, and the yachtsman was having difficulty lowering the sails. Both Seahouses lifeboats were launched.

The inshore lifeboat was first to arrive on scene, followed by the larger Shannon class lifeboat, which was slightly delayed launching due to the low tide.

Efforts were made to free the ropes, but due to the overhanging stern of the yacht, and the boat’s vertical motion in the choppy sea conditions, it was becoming dangerous and difficult for the lifeboat crew to free the ropes.

It was then decided, with the yacht skipper’s consent, to tow the yacht to the shelter of the Kettle mooring at the Inner Farne Islands. Here, it was safer to make further efforts in calmer water, to free the ropes. This was eventually achieved, and the yacht regained its steerage and propulsion.

The Coxswain advised the yachtsman to remain at the Kettle overnight, but he preferred to return to the anchorage at Holy Island. Both lifeboats then returned to station at approximately 8pm that night.

Seahouses volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Ian Clayton added: 'This turned out to be quite a protracted service, but after some considerable difficulty, the yacht was freed. Unfortunately, snagging lobster pot markers can be a problem for yachtsman, who need to keep a keen look out, as some pot markers and floats are not always easy to spot.

'Fortunately on this occasion, our crew were eventually able to assist in freeing the yacht completely. We hope the yachtsman enjoyed the rest of his passage without further incident.'

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For more information please contact Ian Clayton, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Seahouses Shannon Class Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan launching on service

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Shannon Class Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan launching on service

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