Skegness lifeboat helps four on grounded yacht

Saturday 31 July 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness lifeboat helps four on grounded yacht
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crew members at Skegness had an early start to Lifeboat Day this year after being called to help a yacht aground near Skegness.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched just after 9pm last night (Friday) - less than 12 hours before the annual Lifeboat Day kicks off on Saturday - when the yacht 'Goe Valente' ran aground between Skegness and Gibraltar Point.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was also put on standby to assist passing a towing line to the yacht, but was not required.

The ALB was able to pull the yacht off the beach and take her into deeper water. Three of the four people on the yacht were transferred to the lifeboat to go ashore, with one staying on board overnight at anchor, just off Skegness.

The lifeboat was back on the beach at Skegness at 10:15pm, ready to be washed down and polished ready for the start of Lifeboat Day on Saturday morning.

Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day 2010

The annual Skegness RNLI 'Lifeboat Day' is happening today, from 9am to 5pm. Both Skegness lifeboats will be on show outside the boathouse, along with various games and displays from HM Coastguard, the RAF and the RNLI.

The lifeboats will be joined by a RAF Sea King Rescue helicopter at 3pm for a demonstration launch off Central Beach, Skegness.

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