North Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew launched to assist yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

North Berwick RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer lifeboat crew assisted the crew of a yacht experiencing engine difficulties this evening (Sunday 22 May) off Eyebroughy near Gullane. The two men on board radioed for help after experienci

North Berwick inshore lifeboat Evelyn M launched at 6.30pm in response to a request for assistance from the crew of the yacht Nersus. They had given up sailing as there was no wind and when they had been under power from their engine, they had experienced a serious mechanical fault. They were conscious that it would soon be dark and decided to ask for help sooner rather than later.

The lifeboat towed the yacht back to North Berwick were it was placed on a mooring buoy in the bay and the crew brought ashore.

North Berwick RNLI press officer said 'The crew of the Nersus recognised at an early stage that they need help and asked the coastguard. This is exactly what our volunteer crew train for. In the calm conditions, with the good visibility and daylight it was a very straightforward rescue. We encourage all sea users not to be afraid to ask for help and if possible at the earliest opportunity.'

Photograph taken by Rhona Meikle (Crew)

RNLI media contacts:

Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, rhonameikle@care4free.net

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