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Torbay RNLI tow in sailing vessel

Torbay RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched to assist a 14-metre sailing vessel on passage down the English Channel which had picked up a plastic sheet around her propeller approximately 20 miles east south-east of Berry Head in the early hours of the morning. The crew made their way under sail to Torbay and met the Torbay RNLI lifeboat for a tow into Brixham Harbour.

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