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Harwich Inshore Lifeboat assists a yacht in trouble.

Lifeboats News Release

On 19 June 2023, in response to a distress call, the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at Harwich was dispatched to assist an 18' yacht with one person on board.

RNLI/Adam Prescott

On 19 July 2023, in response to a distress call, the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at Harwich was dispatched to assist an 18' yacht with one person on board.

The yacht was facing difficulties and drifting dangerously across Harwich Harbour, posing a potential collision risk with a container ship berthed at the port of Felixstowe.

Upon arriving at the scene, the volunteer RNLI crew assessed the situation and discovered that the casualty vessel had already been towed to safer waters by another yacht. Nevertheless, it still required further aid to regain control and ensure its safe navigation.

One of the RNLI crew members boarded the distressed yacht with professionalism and skill. The primary issue causing the yacht's instability was identified as a fouled sail, which the crew member promptly cleared, restoring the vessel's manoeuvrability and stability.

Once the sail was cleared and the yacht regained control, the casualty vessel was able to sail unassisted again. The grateful individual on board expressed their sincere appreciation for the RNLI's timely assistance.

With the situation resolved and the safety of the yacht assured, the RNLI's ILB ‘Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid’ was instructed to stand down. It then returned to its base at the Harwich station, where the volunteer crew members resumed their readiness to respond to any future emergencies.

Notes to Editor

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Harwich RNLI is based on The Quay, Harwich. The lifeboat station was founded in 1829 and the volunteer crew use an all-weather Severn class lifeboat The Duke of Kent and B class lifeboat Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid.

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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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