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Yarmouth RNLI tasked to assist sailing yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth Lifeboat was tasked by HM Solent Coastguard on Thursday 31 August 2023 to a sailing yacht with engine difficulty.

Photo of Yarmouth Lifeboat taken from a helicopter

RNLI/Harrison Bates

17-25 Yarmouth Lifeboat

Yarmouth RNLI crew pagers sounded at 2:59pm to a vessel 2.5 nautical miles west of The Needles Lighthouse with six persons on board which had suffered machinery failure.

The RNLI crew were alongside the casualty vessel by 3:31pm and once on scene, quickly accessed the situation and decision was made to secure a towline to the casualty vessel and begin a passage back towards Yarmouth.

The RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock, Wanderer was met by Sea-Start 5 who then planned to tow the casualty vessel to Lymington Harbour.

Yarmouth RNLI returned to station and were marked as ready for service at 5:05pm

Notes to editors

· Photo attached – 17-25 at sea by Harrison Bates

  • Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ came into service in 2001, prior to that Yarmouth RNLI had an Arun Class Lifeboat 52-08 Joy and John Wade which was in service for 23 years.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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