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YACHT REQUESTS ASSISTANCE AT FARNE ISLAND MOORING

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.01hr on Sunday 9th April 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from the lone skipper of an 8 metre sailing yacht, in the Kettle Anchorage, at the Inner Farne Island.

RNLI Crew trying to free rope from yacht propeller

RNLI/Ian Clayton

RNLI Crew trying to free rope from yacht propeller

The yacht’s propeller had become fouled by the tow line from the yacht’s inflatable tender (dinghy), so was disabled. The yacht had contacted some rocks but was in no immediate danger.

It was agreed to launch both Seahouses Lifeboats. This was the second low water launch in a week. The Inshore Lifeboat was quickly launched and alongside the casualty. The all weather lifeboat launched from the harbour mouth without incident, and made best speed to the casualty. Meanwhile the Inshore lifeboat was able to tow the yacht out of the Kettle into deeper water. On arrival of the All Weather Lifeboat, the tow was handed over, and the yacht towed to Seahouses. The lifeboat was unable to enter the harbour until 11.30hr due to the tide, when the yacht was safely moored. The rope was to be removed at the next low tide.

Both lifeboats then returned to station

Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, 'The boat skipper was a bit embarrassed about his predicament. He did exactly the right thing be calling for assistance when he did, and minimised risk to himself and the yacht. It was a straight forward text book job for our crew.'

It is believed that the yacht was on passage to the Tweed from the south, and had moored overnight at the Kettle.

Inshore lifeboat with damaged tender towed clear

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Inshore lifeboat with damaged tender towed clear
Damaged tendered being pulled aboard Lifeboat

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Damaged tendered being pulled aboard Lifeboat
Yacht under tow, Cox Eric keeps a watchfull eye

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Yacht under tow, Cox Eric keeps a watchfull eye
Yacht under alongside tow at Harbour entrance

Seahouses RNLI

Yacht under alongside tow at harbour entrance
Safely back ashore

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Safely back ashore

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