Skegness RNLI lifeboat tows yacht and crew of two to safety
Wednesday 22 August 2012
Author: Adam Holmes
The Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called in to action in the small hours of this morning (Wednesday) to assist a yacht crew suffering from fatigue in 8 hour shout.
Just 6 hours after a regular exercise Skegness RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called to assist the exhausted crew of the 35ft yacht Pandion. Having sailed from Lowestoft, heading north, the retired husband and wife crew were struggling to make headway and requested help via Yarmouth Coastguard.
The lifeboat crew were paged shortly after 3:00am and immediately proceeded 17 miles North East of Skegness to an area near the Inner Dowsing, finally coming alongside the casualty a little over an hour later. RNLI crew were transferred to the yacht and took over from the weary passengers.
After rigging a tow the lifeboat proceeded towards Grimsby arriving shortly after 8:30am and leaving the yacht at a safe mooring.
The Lincolnshire Poacher headed back south down the coast arriving back at Skegness Central Beach at 10:45 to be washed down and refuelled, ready for service again by 11:55.
All-weather lifeboat Coxswain, John Irving said although the crew of the yacht were in no immediate danger they did the right thing contacting the coastguard for help. John said: ‘It is very easy to get in a state where you become disorientated and the potential is there to get in to some serious difficulty when heavily fatigued, as in this instance. When this level of tiredness kicks in mistakes are easily made and accidents often happen. Contacting the coastguard and asking for help was the best thing to do.’
Yacht Pandion under tow by Skegness lifeboat. Credit: RNLI Skegness/Tony Kelly
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