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Bridlington RNLI go to aid of lone yachtsman

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Volunteer RNLI crew from Bridlington assist yacht in early morning shout.

Yacht safely arrives back in Bridlington harbour with the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Yacht safely arrives back in Bridlington harbour with the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

Bridlington all-weather lifeboat, Antony Patrick Jones received an assistance request from the coastguard at 8:12am Sunday (28 May) and was launched at 8:26am with a crew of six volunteers, to assist a yacht with one person on board that had lost its steering 11 miles south of Bridlington. The volunteer RNLI crew arrived with the yacht in just over 30 minutes, Steve Emmerson, Bridlington RNLI Coxswain made the decision that a tow was the best option in order to safely escort the boat back to Bridlington harbour.

The volunteer crew of the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat, along with the yacht, arrived safely in the harbour at 10:38am and was assisted into a temporary birth by the volunteer crew and HM Coastguards. The lifeboat then returned to the south beach, Bridlington at 10:55am, was recovered to the boathouse and made ready for service.

The lone yachtsman, who was on a passage from Blyth to Spain, discovered he had steering issues this morning and put out an assistance request. This was then relayed to the RNLI volunteer crew at Bridlington who came to his assistance.

The yachtsman saidWithout the service of the RNLI, a lot of people would not be walking around today. Its nice to know that help is not far away and its only a matter of time before the RNLI are on hand to assist, rather than spend hours at the mercy of the sea awaiting rescue’.

For more information, please contact Mike Milner, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected] or call:07751-054052

Bridlington all-weather lifeboat returning to the boathouse after rescue.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington all-weather lifeboat returning to the boathouse after rescue..
Volunteer crew of the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Volunteer crew of the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

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