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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat tows yacht 20 miles to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen Coastguard launched Eyemouth lifeboat at 5:20pm on Sunday 1 May 2016 after the yacht Prologue called for assistance following the failure of its steering gear.

The 40 foot yacht, with four crew on board, was on passage from Inverness to Lowestoft when its steering gear failed 20 miles to the east of Eyemouth and was lying beam on to the moderate sea.  A 100 metre cargo vessel was in the location of Prologue and contacted Aberdeen Coastguard to offer any assistance and was requested to stand-by the yacht until the lifeboat arrived.

Eyemouth lifeboat arrived on scene after 50 minutes and its volunteer crew prepared to pass a tow to the Prologue.  Once the tow was set up, the cargo ship was released by the Coastguard and continued on its original passage.

Once under tow, the Prologue reported to the lifeboat that one its crew had been suffering from severe sea-sickness for the past 48 hours and was very dehydrated.  This message was relayed to the Coastguard who arranged for an ambulance to meet the crew on arrival in harbour.  The crew of the yacht was advised by the lifeboat to monitor the situation and should there be any change in the condition of the casualty, they should contact the lifeboat immediately.

The tow back to Eyemouth took three hours, during which the casualty’s condition remained stable, once the Prologue was safely alongside the pier, paramedics assessed the casualty and were content that they did not require hospital treatment.  Once no further assistance was required, the lifeboat was stood down and made ready for service again.

Notes to Editors

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Eyemouth lifeboat tows Prologue

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