Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht drifting towards rocks
The Eyemouth lifeboat was called out this morning at around 8 am to assist a yacht with engine failure.
The yacht was outside of the harbour area and was drifting towards the rocks, the lone yachtsman radioed the Harbour Master to request assistance.
As no local boats were available the volunteer crew launched the lifeboat.
One of the volunteer crew boarded the yacht to assist with the tow and the yacht was brought safely back to the harbour in Eyemouth.
Coxswain/Mechanic Andrew Jamieson said, 'Engine failure is the single biggest cause of rescue call outs to sailing and motor cruisers. Always do engine checks before setting out and check fuel and oil levels regularly.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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