RNLI lifeboat crew tow the stuck cruiser into deeper sea
A yacht ran aground in shallow water in Lincolnshire and sparked an early morning call out for lifeboat volunteers.
RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher, was called in to action in the
small hours of Wednesday morning to assist the 27ft
yacht, which was initially thought to be aground at a wind farm east of Skegness.
Coxswain Ray Chapman said: ‘At 1:50am we were tasked by Yarmouth Coastguard to proceed
to the Lynn wind farm to assist a yacht with two people on board.
help us locate them quickly I requested the boat’s skipper fire a red
‘When the flare was fired we quickly
discovered that the vessel was actually aground in shallow water on
Skegness South Beach.’
The lifeboat was carefully piloted into
the shallow water near the shore and two volunteer crew put aboard to
drop the vessel’s sail and rig a temporary tow, allowing the stricken
yacht to be towed out to safe water.
Once the vessel was in the
safety of deeper water a new tow was prepared. The all-weather lifeboat
took the yacht, and her crew, towards Grimsby where they were met by
Humber RNLI lifeboat Pride of the Humber, who received the tow and carried on north to take the casualty to a safe harbour.
praised his crew, saying: ‘We reached the casualty quickly and our
volunteer crew had the vessel ready to be towed to safety in no time at
The lifeboat was recovered on Wednesday morning at 7:20am and was re-housed and ready for service at 8:30am.