Seahouses Lifeboats called to assist disabled yacht
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.
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.
'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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