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Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI crew respond to two incidents over two days

Lifeboats News Release

The Seahorse IV was launched twice over the weekend to rescue two people in separate incidents in the same area of water.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston's inshore lifeboat, the Seahorse IV, launched to rescue a person on a broken down yacht in the Breydon water area of Great Yarmouth on Saturday. Due to the yacht losing all power, it was drifting dangerously in the strong tide.

Once on scene, the volunteer lifeboat crew established a alongside tow and proceeded towards Great Yarmouth Yacht Station. The area was experiencing high tide and, because of the size of the yacht and height of the water, it was put onto the temporary mooring just before Vauxhall Bridge. The person aboard the yacht was safe and well, and organising support for his engine failure.

On Sunday, the crew were called in again to launch the Seahorse IV to a second incident where a four metre vessel had run aground under Vauxhall Bridge. The lifeboat crew made the decision to move the vessel, due to its location and the risk of it capsizing. The Broads Authority was also on scene where they had managed to hold the boat until the lifeboat arrived. The vessel was then moved to the floating pontoon where it was later recovered by the Broads Authority.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat crew have been called out 52 times this year to date. A very busy year for the crew so far.

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