RNLI boost after dramatic rescue
Monday 25 March 2013
Author: Skegness Standard
The Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes RNLI teams received a welcome cash boost recently after a Wolds man embarked on an epic European challenge to raise funds for the charity that rescued him.
In September last year, during the last leg of a sailing trip from France, a yacht carrying Geoff Pearce from the Wolds suffered engine failure after it was becalmed 10 miles off the Suffolk coast.
The yacht was 30 miles from port and, with potential disaster looming as a force eight gale headed their way, the crew had to call the Coastguard for assistance.
After desperate efforts to try to re-start the engine, the Aldeburgh lifeboat arrived. She towed the yacht halfway towards its home berth where the Lowestoft lifeboat joined the rescue and the yacht’s crew were able to observe the most impressive and delicate manoeuver as the two boats exchanged their charge.
The dramatic retrieval and transfer to safety by the lifeboat service inspired Geoff to cycle from Lincoln to Luxembourg in just three days to raise vital funds for his home county’s stations - and he raked in an impressive £1296!
Geoff, accompanied by his wife, Donna, presented the funds (to which Gift Aid will be added) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.
It will be shared between the Skegness, Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe lifeboats.