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Brighton launches to a yacht with a spinnaker sheet around its propeller

At 20.23hrs on 26th June, Birghton RNLI launched to a yacht that was on passage from the Isle of Wight to Brighton that accidently wrapped the spinnaker sheet around its propeller. The lifeboat met the casualty a mile off the Marina, cut away some rope that could have endangered the Lifeboat, then towed her into the safety of Brighton Marina. Weather Moderate sea Force 4/5 sea with an ebbing tide.

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