Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists lone yachtsman to safe waters

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists lone yachtsman to safe waters

The Skegness RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called out last night (Monday) to help a lone yachtsman struggling in The Wash.

 

The 26ft yacht Aloha with one person on board had been struggling to make progress into Boston against strong winds. Having run out of fuel, assistance was requested via Yarmouth Coastguard.

 

The lifeboat was called out at 6:30pm and proceeded south through the sandbanks, locating the casualty approximately 10 miles south of Skegness at 7:15pm. Crew member Matt Jackson was transferred to the yacht to help with rigging a tow and the lifeboat proceeded with the yacht in tow towards Gibraltar Point.

 

As the lifeboat approached the entrance to the river at Gibraltar Point, fuel was passed over and the lifeboat stood by while the yacht made her way into the river.

 

The Lincolnshire Poacher was back on Skegness beach at 8:20pm to be washed down and refuelled, ready for service again at 9:30pm.

 

Inshore lifeboat helps jet skier

 

The Skegness inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was also in action recently, launching at 3:45pm on Saturday (30 June) following reports of a jet skier struggling to get ashore at Ingoldmells Point having been thrown off his jet ski.

 

The lifeboat searched the area until it was confirmed the jet skier had made it safely ashore, then recovered the jet ski back to the beach and returned to Skegness.

 

Photo

Yacht Aloha under tow by Skegness lifeboat. (Credit: RNLI Skegness)

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