Skegness RNLI lifeboats launch to drifting yacht

Saturday 26 March 2011

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness RNLI lifeboats launch to drifting yacht
Both Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboats launched yesterday (Friday) night following the discovery of a yacht adrift off the Lincolnshire coast.

The yacht Manana had broken free of her moorings and was spotted approximately six miles off Skegness by fishing vessel Sukat II, whose skipper reported it to Yarmouth Coastguard.

Skegness' all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was requested to launch at 6:50pm and was alongside the yacht within 40 minutes. Two volunteer crew members were transferred to the yacht to confirm no one was on board and to rig a tow.

Coastguards had managed to contact the boat's owner and confirmed no one had been aboard.

The town's inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was launched to take the yacht into the river at Gibraltar Point, before both lifeboats returned to Skegness.

Coxswain John Irving said the yacht could potentially have been a danger to other vessels.

He said: "Following a quiet winter this was a nice routine shout to start the year. We have no idea how long the yacht was drifting around the North Sea but she's safe and secure now, waiting to be reunited with her owner."

Having secured the yacht at Gibraltar Point at about 10pm the lifeboats were back on station, refuelled and washed down by 11:30pm.

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