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Craster RNLI called out to help yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Craster RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday 6 May to assist a yacht that had run aground.


Craster RNLI in action

At 8:08pm the charity’s lifeboat launched to reports of a 27 foot single crewed yacht that had ran aground the fills rocks at the entrance to Newton Haven in Northumberland.

The location was about 3.5 miles to the north of the lifeboat station.

Helmed by Iain Parker, the lifeboat made best speed to the casualty. As the crew were on route, the Coastguard informed them that the yacht had re-floated with the tide but requested that they still made their way to make sure there was no damage to the vessel’s hull and that the skipper didn’t need any assistance.

Once at the scene, the lifeboat crew checked the vessel had no damage and wasn’t taking on water. They also made sure that the skipper didn’t need any medical attention.

Humber Coastguard then released the lifeboat so she could return back to station to be refuelled and rehoused ready for the next service.

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The photograph shows Craster RNLI in action. Credit: RNLI.

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