Bridlington RNLI lifeboat in afternoon yacht rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew of the Bridlington RNLI called to assist a yacht attempting to reach Bridlington Harbour.

RNLB Antony Patrick Jones launching yesterday.

David Marsden

RNLB Antony Patrick Jones launching yesterday.

The volunteer crew were requested to launch by the HM Coastguard at 2.04pm on Saturday (19 August) the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Antony Patrick Jones was launched at 2.33pm and set off to escort the yacht back to Bridlington harbour.

The two crew of the 30 foot yacht was under sail and making its way to Bridlington harbour but was unable to make safe passage due to engine failure. The volunteer crew of the ALB where on the scene, just off Barmston, in less than 15 minutes taking the yacht under tow.

The lifeboat and the yacht reached the safety of the harbour and the yacht was birthed in the moorings by 3.59pm, with the ALB back on the beach shortly after. The lifeboat was recovered, washed down and was back ready for service by 5.51pm.

Coxswain of the all-weather lifeboat, Steve Emmerson said ‘On a busy Saturday it is always a challenge to get the boat out onto the water as quickly as possible, however it was a good launch and a textbook rescue which all went to plan, with a happy outcome, it is safe to say that all the training does make the job much easier’.

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