Seahouses lifeboat called to assist disabled yacht south of Seahouses

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:43pm on Wednesday 20 July 2022, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat, to go to the assistance of an eight metre single crewed yacht, ½ mile south of the North Sunderland Buoy, south of Seahouses.

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan launching

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan launching
The yachtsman had asked for assistance following apparent engine failure.

The Coastguard issued a “PAN-PAN” broadcast, for any other vessel in the area. Another yacht had tried to assist and take the disabled yacht in tow but was experiencing problems trying to tow it.

Seahouses lifeboat launched and it was first intended to tow the yacht to Seahouses, the nearest safe haven.

The yacht had been on passage to Amble. However, it appeared that the yacht either had a rope fouling its propeller or its gearbox/engine had issues. The skipper requested a location where his yacht could be lifted out for repair. Such facilities were not available at Seahouses.

After discussion with the Coastguard, Amble lifeboat was launched to assist and to take over the tow to Amble where there were the required facilities.

Seahouses lifeboat stood by the disabled yacht as a safety precaution, until Amble lifeboat arrived on scene, while the other yacht continued its attempt to tow the disabled yacht but was unable to exceed 1 knot. This allowed Seahouses lifeboat to remain in its area and was then released to return to station once Amble lifeboat had the yacht safely in tow to Amble.

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