Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Assists Lone Yachtsman
Friday 28 May 2010
Author: Russell Matthews
The all-weather lifeboat Lifetime Care launched just before 7pm at the request of Yarmouth Coastguard and proceeded towards the casualty, just 2 miles north-east of the station, in glorious sunshine and excellent sea conditions.
The lone yachtsman aboard the casualty vessel Spearfish II, a 23ft sailing yacht, had left Hull early in the morning on passage to Fosdyke. By late afternoon he was struggling to make progress and became exhausted and dehydrated.
Volunteer crewmembers David Sellers and Michael Irving were transferred to the yacht, to attend to the skipper and secure the vessel for towing. At 7.20pm, the lifeboat began the slow tow north towards the Humber Estuary with the intention of passing the casualty to the Humber RNLI lifeboat.
At 9:15pm the yacht was safely passed into the care of Humber lifeboat, and the volunteer crew aboard Lifetime Care headed back to Skegness.
Coxswain John Irving said, "Although the weather was benign we felt that a quick response to the yachtsman's call was needed to prevent his situation deteriorating during the night."
The Skegness lifeboat beached at 10:45pm. After recovering her onto her carriage and washing down, she was ready for service again just before midnight.
1. Skegness RNLI Lifeboat alongside the yacht Spearfish II with crewmember Michael Irving on board. (Credit: RNLI Skegness)
2. Humber RNLI Lifeboat approaches the yacht to take her safely into Grimsby. (Credit: RNLI Skegness)
1. The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) currently stationed at Skegness is the relief Mersey-class lifeboat 12-11 Lifetime Care. She is providing cover while the station lifeboat 12-008 Lincolnshire Poacher is away in Scotland for a routine re-fit, expected to last until September.