Humber-Lifeboat-assists-struggling-Yacht

Byline: At 1730 on the 15th Sept the RNLI crew at Spurn point were called to assist a yacht who was struggling approximately 15 mile East of the station.
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The crew at Humber launched quickly after receiving a request from the coastguard to try and locate and assist the stricken yacht. The yacht had suffered power problems, and was reported as not making much way in unfavourable weather conditions. In addition to their power problems their navigation equipment had failed meaning the lifeboat and coastguard had to employ other means to locate the vessel.

The coastguard kept in contact with the vessel asking nearby ships to try and identify the yacht and its whereabouts, the yacht could see ships passing but was struggling to identify them as they were not far from busy shipping lanes.

Ultimately the coastguard ascertained they were close to a passing merchant ship. With this information Humber lifeboat were able to use their Direction Finding Equipment (DF. A piece of equipment that can identify the direction of a vessel from its VHF signal) and were then able to make a good course and locate the Yacht at 1811.

Once the lifeboat was alongside, contact was made with the skipper and it was decided the yacht would benefit from an escort back to the safe haven of Grimsby.

Dave Steenvoorden Coxswain of the Lifeboat said.

‘Although the vessel was under its own power we thought the best course of action would be to slowly escort her back to Grimsby so we knew they would be safely moored alongside to restore the problems they had with their yacht.’

Due to the slow speed the yacht was making Humber Lifeboat left the casualty safe at Grimsby at 2254 some 5 hours after the first distress call. 

The Lifeboat was refuelled and back on station at Spurn point ready for her next call to action at 2353.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

 

Ben Mitchell- benjamin_mitchell@rnli.org.uk 01964650228

Byline: At 1730 on the 15th Sept the RNLI crew at Spurn point were called to assist a yacht who was struggling approximately 15 mile East of the station.
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The crew at Humber launched quickly after receiving a request from the coastguard to try and locate and assist the stricken yacht. The yacht had suffered power problems, and was reported as not making much way in unfavourable weather conditions. In addition to their power problems their navigation equipment had failed meaning the lifeboat and coastguard had to employ other means to locate the vessel.

The coastguard kept in contact with the vessel asking nearby ships to try and identify the yacht and its whereabouts, the yacht could see ships passing but was struggling to identify them as they were not far from busy shipping lanes.

Ultimately the coastguard ascertained they were close to a passing merchant ship. With this information Humber lifeboat were able to use their Direction Finding Equipment (DF. A piece of equipment that can identify the direction of a vessel from its VHF signal) and were then able to make a good course and locate the Yacht at 1811.

Once the lifeboat was alongside, contact was made with the skipper and it was decided the yacht would benefit from an escort back to the safe haven of Grimsby.

Dave Steenvoorden Coxswain of the Lifeboat said.

‘Although the vessel was under its own power we thought the best course of action would be to slowly escort her back to Grimsby so we knew they would be safely moored alongside to restore the problems they had with their yacht.’

Due to the slow speed the yacht was making Humber Lifeboat left the casualty safe at Grimsby at 2254 some 5 hours after the first distress call. 

The Lifeboat was refuelled and back on station at Spurn point ready for her next call to action at 2353.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

 

Ben Mitchell- benjamin_mitchell@rnli.org.uk 01964650228