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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats tow grounded yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were launched at 8:15pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 after it was reported to the UK Coastguard that a 12 metre yacht had run aground trying to enter Eyemouth harbour at low tide.


Yacht towed to safety

With the yacht grounding heavily in the 1 metre swell, the inshore lifeboat passed a tow and held the yachts bow to the waves. The ALB then took over the tow and working with the swell, moved the yacht slowly into the safety of deeper water.

Once clear of the shallows, the yacht was assessed for damage and water ingress. Content that hull had not been breached and it’s rudder and propeller undamaged, the yacht elected to head for the Firth of Forth.

Eyemouth lifeboat escorted the vessel a short distance to ensure all was well. Once no further assistance was required, both lifeboats were stood down, returned to station and made ready for service again.

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