Yarmouth RNLI tasked to assist 20ft motorboat

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard on Saturday 2 September to the report that a motor vessel had begun taking on water.

Photo showing crew member Tom on the deck of the motor boat assisting with the alongside tow in Yarmouth Harbour.

RNLI/Hebe Gregory

Crew member Tom assisting with the alongside tow in Yarmouth Harbour.

Yarmouth RNLI crew pagers sounded at 6:07pm to a vessel in position close to Blackrock buoy, outside of Yarmouth Harbour. With good speed, the volunteer crew assembled and were launched by 6:20pm

The RNLI crew were alongside the casualty vessel by 6:25pm where they found the motorboat already under tow by a passing smaller boat.

The decision was made to establish an alongside tow to the vessel from the RNLI Lifeboat, where two RNLI crew boarded the vessel for assistance and to check the water ingress and the casualty vessel was then towed into Yarmouth Harbour to await Sea Start (a marine assistance company) who would then take the boat safely back to Southampton.

After their official shoreside checks, Yarmouth Lifeboat 17 25 Eric and Susan Hiscock, Wanderer was marked as ready for service at 7pm.

Launches like this to assist those in difficulty at sea can only be made possible due to donations made generously by the public. The RNLI remains an independent charity, where these donations are what help them continue their lifesaving work.

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Notes to editors

  • Photos attached – 17-25 shoreside with casualty vessel taken from the ship's camera, and a harbourside photo sent in by Nik Taylor of the Lifeboat leaving the harbour.
  • 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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Yarmouth Lifeboat leaving Yarmouth Harbour heading toward the casualty vessel

Nik Taylor

17-25 leaving Yarmouth Harbour

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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