RNLI Lifeboats Escort Lost Vessel to Safety
Monday 28 September 2009
Author: Russell Matthews
The 48ft vessel Bessie was on passage from Calais to Goole with two crew on board when they contacted Yarmouth Coastguard for assistance at about 7:45pm.
Skegness lifeboat launched just after 8pm and an hour later had located the casualty, just off Sutton-on-Sea. Two volunteer lifeboat crew members were transferred to the vessel and the lifeboat escorted her north towards the Humber, making slow progress at about 5 knots.
Humber RNLI lifeboat launched to take over the escort into Grimsby, and the Skegness lifeboat and her crew returned home, hitting the beach at 11:45pm.
Photo - Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher being recovered onto her carriage on Skegness beach. (Credit RNLI/Skegness)
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