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Stricken yacht towed safely back to Berwick with the help of two RNLI lifeboat crews HB53 21/07/12

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Date.21/07/2012   Berwick   Report no. HB53

Stricken yacht towed safely back to Berwick with the help of two RNLI lifeboat crews


Stricken yacht towed safely back to Berwick with the help of two RNLI lifeboat crews.

Seahouses lifeboat crew received the call from Humber Coastguard at 5.31pm to say that a yacht had broken down just off the Farne Island’s with engine trouble.

Due to the state of the tides the vessel could not be brought into Seahouses harbour because of lack of water. At 6.41pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Berwick all-weather lifeboat to take over the tow, just south of Holy Island.

Due to the very low tides both boats anchored in the Berwick bay until sufficient water was in the river. At 1.41am the boats entered the Tweed and laid off at Berwick Harbour for the night.

Crew Member Laura Dolan, put her French to the test by translating between the lifeboat and the crew members of the stricken yacht. The crew of the stricken vessel, who were from Dunkirk said, ‘We would like to thank both crews for their sterling work.’

The yacht later underwent repairs to her engine. 
 

 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Hazel Bettison, Berwick RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on  07944757578 / 01289331448 or Tom Wakenshaw, Berwick RNLI lifeboat operations Manager, on 07802 940662.
 
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For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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