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.
The Plymouth-based survey vessel shielded the yacht from the harsh winds while the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew from Teignmouth came to its aid on Tuesday evening, 28 June.
The Royal Navy warship was conducting Survey Operations in the Western English Channel when it overheard a distress call from the struggling skipper to Solent Coast Guard.
The two men on board the yacht had been on their way to Plymouth and had checked the shore weather forecast, but not the sea forecast and encountered rougher conditions than envisaged. They had become tired and called for help in the 40-knot squalls.
An Inshore Lifeboat took the yacht under tow, while the warship provided a lee as they travelled into Teignmouth.
HMS York stands by drifting 30ft yacht in worsening conditions
Container vessel fends off attack
A Dutch warship joined RNLI lifeboat volunteers to rescue a stricken 300ft cargo vessel that was drifting close to the…
An air and sea search got underway after a VHF radio Mayday call was heard
Was taking part in Jester Azores Challenge
HMS Northumberland returning to UK for Christmas diverts to aid stricken yacht
The Royal Navy ship HMS Mersey has played a key part in an operation to seize a vessel suspected of…
New maritime enforcement powers will allow Border Force officers to stop vessels and arrest anyone they suspect has broken immigration…
It's the third drugs seizure from boats in the Caribbean in three months: £36million-worth of cocaine
A D-Day veteran who warmed hearts the world over when he “escaped” from his care home to attend the 2014…