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Sunday evening plans interrupted for Walton and Frinton RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

At around 10.30pm on Sunday 13 August, HM Coastguard requested the launch of the Walton and Frinton all-weather lifeboat to assist a 10 metre yacht in difficulty just off Harwich Harbour.

RNLI/Stewart Oxley

Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees

The three crew of the yacht had called for help when, having spent the day sailing from the continent, they were unable to start their engine.

With darkness now upon them there was also concern that their batteries would fail depriving them of navigation lights and other systems which they required to make it safely through the busy harbour.

Walton and Frinton lifeboat crew quickly located the yacht just to the north of The Naze using radio direction finding equipment and safely assisted the casualty vessel past the busy container port at Felixstowe and into Shotley Marina.

A Coastguard team from Holbrook met the yacht at Shotley to assist them through the lock and into a berth alongside the pontoons.

The Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees then returned to its berth in Titchmarsh Marina around 1.30am on Monday. After mooring up and preparing the lifeboat for service again the crew were then able to return home to their beds.

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

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