Sunday double for Skegness RNLI all-weather lifeboat

Monday 6 September 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched twice yesterday (Sunday) to two separate incidents in The Wash, working with Hunstanton's Atlantic class RNLI lifeboat on both occasions.

The first call came at 3:45pm when the lifeboat was tasked to search for a broken down speedboat whose last known location was approximately one mile south of the Lynn wind farm off Skegness. Without a VHF radio on board, Coastguards were relying on a mobile phone to communicate with the boat.

Hunstanton lifeboat had launched about half an hour earlier, and was unable to locate the vessel in the last known position, at which point Yarmouth Coastguard requested Skegness lifeboat.

When contact with the speedboat was re-established by the Coastguard, they had managed to re-start their engine and were making way back towards Hunstanton.

At 8:40pm the lifeboat was called again, this time to help an 11m (36ft) motor cruiser unsure of their position and struggling in the strong winds and choppy sea conditions.

Both Skegness and Hunstanton lifeboats were launched to locate and assist the vessel, with Skegness lifeboat using radar and VHF direction finding to aid the search.

The lifeboats were alongside the casualty, east of the Parlour Channel, at about 9:30pm and a member of Hunstanton's crew transferred to assess a sea sick member of the crew.

The two lifeboats escorted the vessel south and left her at safe anchorage at Clay Hole (east of Boston) at 11:30pm to await for the tide so she could get into Fosdyke marina.

Both lifeboats were released and returned to their respective stations either side of The Wash, with Skegness lifeboat arriving back on the beach at Skegness at 1:20am this morning.

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