Early morning call for help for Skegness RNLI all-weather lifeboat
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Author: Adam Holmes
Skegness RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher, was called in to action in the small hours of this morning (Wednesday 27 February) to assist a 27ft yacht thought to be aground in the windfarm east of Skegness.
Coxswain Ray Chapman gave a brief overview of the situation: ‘At 1:50am we were tasked by Yarmouth Coastguard to proceed to the Lynn windfarm to assist a yacht with two people on board. To help us locate them quickly I requested the boat’s skipper fire a red distress flare.’
Ray added: ‘When the flare was fired we quickly discovered that the vessel was actually aground in shallow water on Skegness’ South Beach’
The lifeboat was carefully piloted into the shallow water near the shore and two volunteer crew put aboard to drop the vessel’s sail and rig a tempory tow, allowing the stricken yacht to be towed out to safe water.
Once the vessel was in the safety of deeper water a new tow was prepared. The all-weather lifeboat took the yacht, and her crew, towards Grimsby where they were met by Humber RNLI lifeboat Pride of the Humber, who recieved the tow and carried on North to take the casualty to a safe harbour.
Ray praised his crew, saying: ‘We reached the casualty quickly and our volunteer crew had the vessel ready to be towed to safety in no time at all. Manouvering the lifeboat in such shallow water was challenging.’
The lifeboat was recoved this morning at 7:20am and was re-housed and ready for service at 8:30am.
Skegness RNLI volunteer crew members Richard Watson and Joe Pieniak work quickly to rescue yacht from shallow water. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)