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Both Harwich lifeboats launched to assist a yacht in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.40am, on the first day of the Spring Bank Holiday, the pagers of the volunteers who staff the RNLI Harwich lifeboat station launched in response to a need for assistance from the Dover Coastguard.

RNLI/Adam Prescott

On Saturday 27 May, the crew of a vessel called the Coastguard to report that another vessel had lost its mast and needed assistance. The caller had informed the station that the other vessel in need of assistance was roughly 15 miles south of Clacton on Sea in an area known as the Black Deep.

The Duke of Kent all-weather lifeboat (ALB) for Harwich launched at 11.00am and made its way to the damaged vessel, which was carrying three people arriving on scene at 12.30pm.

After arriving on scene and assessing the situation it was decided that the safest course of action was for the Harwich inshore lifeboat (ILB) Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid to launch to help in the retrieval of the sail and mast, and the yacht was taken in tow, with the ALB taking the yacht to the River Crouch, where the yacht was able to proceed under its own power to Burnham.

After being out at sea for six and a half hours, both of the Harwich lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station so that they could be refuelled and prepared for the next emergency call.

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For more information please contact Adam Prescott, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

RNLI/Adam Prescott

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