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Plymouth RNLI launched on service to a sinking yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Plymouth RNLI volunteer crew launched the all weather lifeboat on Good Friday after reports of a 19ft yacht which had hit a submerged object and taking on water.

RNLI/John Baldry

At 11.32am the all-weather lifeboat Sibil Mullen Glover launched on service after reports a 19ft yacht had struck a submerged object and was taking on water. The yacht was reported five miles west of Rame Head with one casualty already evacuated to safety by another vessel.

Second Coxswain Sean Marshall said: 'When the all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene it was too dangerous to put a volunteer crew member on to the vessel as it was very unstable and liable to sink at any time.'

The inshore lifeboat Annabel E Jones and her volunteer crew of four was launched at 3.29pm to assist the all-weather lifeboat beach the vessel when they reached Rame Head. Due to the vessels semi- submerged state it was agreed to beach the vessel to minimise the risk to shipping and the numerous recreational craft afloat this weekend.

Both boats and volunteer crew returned to station 5:05pm

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For more information please telephone John Baldry, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07792649768 or John_Baldry@rnli.org.uk or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07920818807 or Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


RNLI/John Baldry

RNLI/Sean Marshall

RNLI/John Baldry

RNLI/John Baldry

RNLI/John Baldry

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