Launch: 5th October 2006

Thursday 5 October 2006

Author: Ben Hardaker

Beacon launches lifeboat


Skegness RNLI all weather lifeboat The Lincolnshire Poacher was called out just after 5.30pm on Thursday following an alert raised by Yarmouth Coastguard. An emergency beacon known as an epirb had been triggered and the signal picked up by a satellite in orbit, which gave the position as four miles east of Gibraltar Point, near Skegness.


These beacons are automatic systems designed to transmit a mayday signal when they are in the sea and the signal is picked up by satellite and relayed to The Coastguard Agency, they work all over the world and pinpoint a vessel in distress.


The Skegness lifeboat was assisted by motor vessel Maple, which was in the area at the time but after searching for almost three-and-a-half hours and with nothing found and no other reported distress messages Yarmouth Coastguard called off the search.


The cause was a mystery as the satellite plotted the beacon as being at sea. On previous occasions there have been hoax signals from on land but this time a hoax was unlikely so it could possibly be that a beacon had fallen from another boat unknown to the skipper and that its battery failed shortly after.


Latest Launches

22/08/2019 03:58

Assistance Given

View Launch Record

Total Launches 2020


ILB Launches 2020

Inshore Lifeboat Launches


ALB Launches 2020

All-weather Lifeboat Launches


Our website uses cookies so that you can place enquiries and we can provide a better service. Continue to use the site as normal if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.   x