Mayday-call-from-dismasted-yacht-off-Margate

Byline: In a five-hour rescue operation, Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has assisted a yacht that was dismasted in bad weather off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The 12m yacht with two persons on board was on passage from Burnham-on-Crouch to Hamble yesterday (Monday 1 April) when they lost their mast in heavy sea conditions. They were around 4 miles off Margate to the north of the Margate Sands at the time and the crew transmitted a Mayday distress message.

Coastguards at Dover picked up the call and alerted Margate’s all-weather lifeboat. A rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham was also tasked to assist while a nearby Royal Navy patrol vessel diverted to stand-by the yacht.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and it was established that a large amount of rigging and sails, along with the mast were in the water and would have to be cleared before the yacht could be taken under tow. A lifeboat crewman was put on board and along with the yacht’s crew was able to cut the rigging and sails free and secure the mast to the vessel.

Once the situation was stabilised, the yacht was taken under tow to the safety of Ramsgate harbour where they were met by local coastguard officers. The yacht’s two crew were uninjured after their experience.

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: In a five-hour rescue operation, Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has assisted a yacht that was dismasted in bad weather off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The 12m yacht with two persons on board was on passage from Burnham-on-Crouch to Hamble yesterday (Monday 1 April) when they lost their mast in heavy sea conditions. They were around 4 miles off Margate to the north of the Margate Sands at the time and the crew transmitted a Mayday distress message.

Coastguards at Dover picked up the call and alerted Margate’s all-weather lifeboat. A rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham was also tasked to assist while a nearby Royal Navy patrol vessel diverted to stand-by the yacht.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and it was established that a large amount of rigging and sails, along with the mast were in the water and would have to be cleared before the yacht could be taken under tow. A lifeboat crewman was put on board and along with the yacht’s crew was able to cut the rigging and sails free and secure the mast to the vessel.

Once the situation was stabilised, the yacht was taken under tow to the safety of Ramsgate harbour where they were met by local coastguard officers. The yacht’s two crew were uninjured after their experience.


Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789