Don't rely on a mobile phone, says RNLI coxswain Mark Kenyon: Without a radio bearing 'a small vessel in rough seas can be a challenging target.'
Two people were rescued and a sinking yacht saved off the Jurassic Coast of Dorset this morning.
HMS Echo and RNLI lifeboat volunteers assisted a 28ft yacht that was battered by 40 knot squalls whilst attempting to cross Lyme Bay, eight miles off the Devon coast
A small yacht without lights, VHF radio, GPS or flares was located by radar and mobile phone light after suffering engine failure at night.
Sniffy the dog and his owner were rescued by the RNLI after their yacht's steering failed off the North East coast of Scotland.
A yacht ran aground in Plockton bay, Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands after breaking free from its mooring - with two people on board.
Two people rescued off the Kent coast after making a Mayday call have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling.
A single-handed French sailor was rescued six miles off the Wicklow coast after making a distress call.
The solo sailor managed to pull his yacht clear of the rocks but then a damaged propeller left him drifting helplessly towards Yarmouth Pier.
The 25ft Bayliner burnt itself out and sank into shallow waters close to the shoreline on Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh
Skerries RNLI l found a 30ft pole tangled with some plastic barriers in waters off Bremore point in Balbriggan
Macduff lifeboat crew were paged at 2.35am to assist a single-handed sailor whose sail had got caught around his yacht's rudder.
One of the three crew suffered a head injury when the catamaran fishing vessel collided with an offshore wind farm turbine.
An explosion and fire aboard a small sports boat on the Hamble River created a 'huge plume' of smoke that could be seen for miles around.
Lifeboat volunteers responded to numerous call outs from yachts around the UK requiring assistance this May bank holiday weekend.
Rain, hail, sleet and sunshine, lifeboats launch in all-weathers and Poole Inshore Lifeboat experienced all of it yesterday.
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The two Iranian men on board were assisted by a Dover RNLI lifeboat crew and then handed to immigration officials by Kent Police for questioning.
A single-handed French yachtsman was rescued last weekend in the first shout of the year for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
After capsizing the sailor quickly became exhausted swimming to the beach and was pulled clear from the waves by members of the public.