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Yacht in difficulty towed to safety by Alderney RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Alderney RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Roy Barker I was launched today (21 May) at 2pm after a distress call was received by the Coastguard, that a yacht was experiencing difficulty three miles southeast of the island and required assistance.

RNLI/Jo Parmentier

Yacht being towed by Roy Barker I with France in the Horizon
Once on scene the Alderney volunteer lifeboat crew established a tow and began to guide the 10m yacht with two persons on board back to Braye Harbour.

Having recently departed from Cherbourg, the sailing vessel experienced machinery and steering failure and was unable to sail due to the lack of wind.

At 5pm the vessel was successfully delivered to the safety of Braye Harbour and the lifeboat volunteers were stood down and returned to the station.

RNLI/Jo Parmentier

Yacht being towed by Roy Barker I

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