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St Bees RNLI tasked to assist yacht in distress

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI were tasked by HM Belfast Coastguard at 11.57am to aid a yacht a mile off Whitehaven with two persons onboard.

RNLI/Joseph Raymond

St Bees RNLI were on scene within 15 minutes of launching where they found the vessel in fact drifting close to shore. After making contact with the crew onboard, the yacht crew informed the lifeboat that they had lost all power and were unable to make way.

As the vessel had lost all power and with the risk of it drifting onto the rocks in the surrounding shallow water, the lifeboat helm conducted a dynamic risk assessment and concluded that in order to mitigate risk of harm to the yacht’s crew and potentially to other vessels the yacht would be taken under tow to the safety.

The yacht was then taken under tow and was brought to Whitehaven Harbour where it was then securely moored.

Dick Beddows, Lifeboat Operations Manager for St Bees RNLI Lifeboat, says:

‘We're grateful that the yacht's crew recognised that they were in danger and alerted the UK Coastguard at the earliest opportunity before the situation worsened. If you do get into difficulty when out on the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

The lifeboat was then returned to the station to be made ready for next service.

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