Skegness RNLI lifeboat in multi-vessel Mayday response off Lincolnshire coast
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Author: Russell Matthews
Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat was called out again today (Tuesday) for the second time in four days when a yacht sent out a Mayday distress call off the Lincolnshire coast.
The two-man crew of the yacht Dolphin of Rhu were on passage from Wells, on the Norfolk coast, to Grimsby when they began taking on water and suffered engine failure about 10 miles east of Mablethorpe.
At 7:36am they issued a Mayday call asking for immediate assistance. This was received by Humber Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of both Skegness and Humber RNLI lifeboats, along with Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912, based at Humberside Airport.
The Mayday call was also heard by two of Centrica Energy’s wind farm support vessels who were on their way to the wind farms off Skegness. Windcat 9 and Windcat 17 were able to quickly locate the yacht and offer assistance.
Skegness lifeboat coxswain Ray Chapman said the Windcats had done a great job responding to the Mayday.
Ray said: 'We have an excellent working relationship with the Windcat crews and they were a huge help today, quickly locating the casualty and providing us with a more precise location. They were also able to reassure the two guys on board that help was on its way.'
Windcat 9 began towing the yacht towards Grimsby until further help arrived, with Windcat 17 standing by if needed. Skegness lifeboat crew members Matt Jackson and Joe Pieniak were transferred onto the yacht to assess the situation when the lifeboat arrived at 8:45am.
The tow was transferred to Skegness lifeboat and continued towards Grimsby while the crew of the yacht were taken on board Humber lifeboat to be airlifted by Rescue 912 to Humberside airport. They were described as cold and wet, but otherwise OK.
Humber lifeboat took over the tow to Grimsby allowing Skegness lifeboat to head back to station, reaching Skegness beach just after 11am.
The Lincolnshire Poacher had previously been in action on Saturday (9 May) when a lone yachtsman was towed from Skegness to Wells.
Ray added: 'We went nearly five months without being called out. Now we've had two successful shouts in four days. It’s good to know the training pays off and that we’re ready for a potentially busy summer season.'
Footage of the winching of the casualties onto Rescue 912 has been released by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on YouTube:
Further footage taken from Humber lifeboat during the rescue is available on the RNLI video library:
1. Windcat 9 tows yacht Dolphin of Rhu, with Humber lifeboat in the distance. Photo taken from Skegness lifeboat. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Ray Chapman)
2. Yacht Dolphin of Rhu under tow by Skegness lifeboat, Mersey class 12-008 Lincolnshire Poacher, with crew member Joe Pieniak on the bow. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Ray Chapman)
3. Yacht Dolphin of Rhu (left) with Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 (centre) and Humber lifeboat (right). (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Gavin Abbott)
4. Humber lifeboat, relief Severn class lifeboat 17-38 Daniel L Gibson, approaching yacht Dolphin of Rhu to transfer the yacht's two crew members ready for airlifting by Rescue 912. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Ray Chapman)
5. Skegness lifeboat 12-008 Lincolnshire Poacher on Skegness central beach, being prepared for recovery onto her carriage following the call out. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Russ Matthews)