Three RNLI lifeboats called to help vessel aground off Lincolnshire coast
Sunday 13 April 2014
Author: Russell Matthews
Three RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboats from Skegness and Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast, and Wells on the north Norfolk coast, were launched on Friday (11 April) when a boat went aground near Mablethorpe.
The 32ft motor yacht Lucky was on passage from Goole to Lowestoft with two people on board when they suffered engine failure off Mablethorpe. As they tried to fix the problems, they drifted onto the beach.
Mablethorpe’s Atlantic 75 class lifeboat Joan Mary was launched at 11:45am to offer assistance to the German crew of the yacht and took them under tow away from the beach and south towards Skegness.
Skegness’ all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was requested to launch at 12:45pm and after transferring volunteer crew members Dean Sumner and Tony Kelly across to Lucky, took over the tow from Mablethorpe lifeboat at 1:30pm, near Anderby.
Coxswain Ray Chapman said it was a straightforward call out and the lifeboat was able to make good progress towing the casualty in excellent conditions.
Ray said: ‘When we arrived on scene, Mablethorpe lifeboat had already got the boat off the beach and out of any danger. Our job was simply to take over the tow to Wells and we made good progress in the calm conditions.’
As the lifeboat and casualty approached the Norfolk coast, Wells’ all-weather lifeboat Doris M Mann of Ampthill was launched to take over the tow for the final leg of the journey into Wells harbour.
Skegness lifeboat returned to Skegness beach at 5pm and was washed down, refuelled and ready for her next call out at 6:30pm.
1. Skegness all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher and the motor yacht Lucky with lifeboat crew members Dean Sumner and Tony Kelly rigging a tow rope. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)
2. Motor yacht Lucky under tow by Skegness lifeboat with Wells all-weather lifeboat Doris M Mann of Ampthill approaching (right). (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)
3. Skegness lifeboat crew members thank their friends from Wells for taking over the tow of motor yacht Lucky into Wells harbour. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)