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Distressed yacht towed to safety by Alderney RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Alderney's RNLI all weather Lifeboat, Roy Barker I was launched yesterday (26 May) at 6.15pm after a distress call was received by the Coastguard, from a yacht experiencing difficulty 6 miles Northeast of the island.

The yacht which was en route to Guernsey from the UK was experiencing machinery / steering difficulties and required immediate assistance.

Once on scene the Alderney volunteer lifeboat crew established a tow and began to guide the 10m yacht with two people on board back to Braye Harbour, arriving in port at 7.15pm

This is the second shout in under a week with the Alderney RNLI assisting yachts in difficulty.

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