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36ft Sailing Yacht towed to safety by Yarmouth RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 13 July, Yarmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a yacht with five crew onboard who had experienced mechanical difficulty.

RNLI/Hebe Gregory

17-25 return to Yarmouth Harbour alongside casualty vessel

Pagers sounded at 10.22pm and Yarmouth’s RNLI crew assembled on board their All-Weather Lifeboat, 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock, Wanderer and made good speed to a yacht in difficulty on the water between Hurst Castle and Fort Albert.

After arriving on scene in a matter of minutes, it was established that the casualty vessel had undergone machinery failure and were making decent headway under sail, however they were unable to get themselves to a place of safety.

The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat promptly secured a towline to the casualty vessel back into Yarmouth, where the vessel could moor in the harbour and safely prepare for the repair work the next morning.

The start of the return was marked at 10:45pm and Yarmouth Lifeboat and her crew were then ready for service at 12:08am

Yarmouth Lifeboat had also been called out earlier that day at 12:46pm to reports of a horse-shoe buoy spotted in the Solent. The RNLI Lifeboat and her crew conducted a search of the area alongside Coastguard helicopters and returned to station after being stood down after locating the buoy. No further action was taken.

Notes to editors

Photo uploaded – Yarmouth 17-25 return to Yarmouth Harbour with the casualty vessel alongside. By Hebe Gregory (LPO)

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● Hebe Gregory, Yarmouth RNLI Trainee Lifeboat Press Officer [email protected]

● Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

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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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