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Fleetwood RNLI launches to assist yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

Fleetwood RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched on Tuesday (27 June) to assist a yachtsman with engine difficulties..

Lifeboat on the water, towing a small white yacht

RNLI/David Eccles

Fleetwood all-wather lifeboat towing stranded yacht

The owner of the yacht reported a loss of engine power 10 nautical miles northwest of Wyre Light. and Fleetwood’s all-weather lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint was launched from Fleetwood at 11:25am to provide assistance. Upon reaching the yacht, the coxswain carried out a risk assessment and decided to escort the yacht to the Fleetwood Channel under sail power. The lifeboat then provided a tow up the Channel to allow mooring at the Lifeboat Station’s buoy.

Once in a safe location the yachtsman was able to make repairs and proceeded to Fleetwood Marina.

Captain David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Fleetwood said:

'Foresight and preparedness are key qualities in a mariner, and these allowed the yachtsman to call for assistance in a timely manner. As a result, Fleetwood's volunteer crew were able to assist him before the issues he was experiencing became a danger either to his own vessel or others on the water.'

Notes to editors

· Fleetwood’s RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat is name KENNETH JAMES PIERPOINT and is a Shannon class boat.

· Fleetwood lifeboat station has been operating since 1859. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: http://fleetwoodlifeboat.org.uk/

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For more information please contact David Devereux, Fleetwood RNLI Press Officer, on 07591 675733 / [email protected] Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager, West, on 07786 668829/ [email protected] . Or, Claire Elshaw, RNLI Regional Media Officer West, on 07468 353082 / [email protected]

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