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Yarmouth RNLI assist vessel with machinery failure

Lifeboats News Release

Tuesday 15 August 2023 saw Yarmouth’s volunteer RNLI crew paged by HM Coastguard to reports of a vessel in difficulty outside Yarmouth Harbour.

Photograph of RNLI Lifeboat, Yarmouth 17-25 in her berth located in Yarmouth Harbour

RNLI/Hebe Gregory

Yarmouth Lifeboat 17-25 in her berth in Yarmouth Harbour

Yarmouth RNLI crew pagers sounded at 2:42pm to a vessel 1.5 nautical miles west of Yarmouth Harbour to a motor vessel with eight persons, including four children and a dog on board who had suffered machinery failure.

Within minutes, the RNLI crew were alongside the casualty vessel and accessed the situation. A decision was made at first to pass over engine coolant in an attempt to get the casualty vessel back up and running and remedy the fault.

This unfortunately proved ineffective, so the RNLI crew instead established a tow line to the casualty vessel and commenced a tow back into Yarmouth Harbour so that the vessel and her crew of eight could work on the engine in a safe environment and organise further help and assistance once moored to a pontoon.

The start of the return began at 3:16pm and both the casualty vessel and Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock, Wanderer returned ashore at 4:05pm after fighting against the strong tide outside Yarmouth Harbour entrance.

After the RNLI made their shoreside checks, the RNLI Lifeboat was marked as ready for service at 4.10pm

Notes to editors

· Photo attached – Yarmouth Lifeboat in her berth in Yarmouth Harbour.

  • Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ came into service in 2001, prior to that Yarmouth RNLI had an Arun Class Lifeboat 52-08 Joy and John Wade which was in service for 23 years.

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Key facts about the RNLI

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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