Margate-lifeboat-provides-long-distance-tow-for-disabled-yacht

Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has provided assistance to a disabled yacht in a marathon operation lasting nine hours.
Page Content: Coastguards at Dover were alerted at around 1pm yesterday afternoon (6 August) when a yacht with two people on board, on passage from Harwich to Ostend, ran into difficulties. The yacht was disabled after its propeller became fouled in fishing nets. The two occupants were suffering from mild seasickness but were otherwise well-equipped and prepared for the passage.

At the time the yacht was some 40 miles north east of Margate and communications were difficult with radio messages being passed via a passing merchant ship and Ostend Radio in Belgium.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was launched and once on scene it was established that the situation was stable but the yacht’s propeller could not be cleared of the obstruction. The vessel was taken under tow by the lifeboat for the long journey back to Ramsgate. The lifeboat returned to Margate some nine hours after being alerted.

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: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has provided assistance to a disabled yacht in a marathon operation lasting nine hours.
Page Content: Coastguards at Dover were alerted at around 1pm yesterday afternoon (6 August) when a yacht with two people on board, on passage from Harwich to Ostend, ran into difficulties. The yacht was disabled after its propeller became fouled in fishing nets. The two occupants were suffering from mild seasickness but were otherwise well-equipped and prepared for the passage.

At the time the yacht was some 40 miles north east of Margate and communications were difficult with radio messages being passed via a passing merchant ship and Ostend Radio in Belgium.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was launched and once on scene it was established that the situation was stable but the yacht’s propeller could not be cleared of the obstruction. The vessel was taken under tow by the lifeboat for the long journey back to Ramsgate. The lifeboat returned to Margate some nine hours after being alerted.


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