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Byline: Exhausted single-handed Yachtsman asks for assistance after total equipment failure
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Rhyl’s All-weather lifeboat volunteer crew were woken from their slumbers at 6.28am on Thursday 7 August. A yacht was being sailed overnight from the Menai Straits to the Wirral. The skipper was sailing single-handed, but was not making good time, so he tried to start his engine. This failed, and all the other navigational and electrics failed at the same time. The skipper had been sailing all night and was very tired, so he dialled 999 on his mobile phone for assistance, which luckily had a good signal just to the South-East of the Rhyl Flats wind farm. He was approximately two and a half miles NNW of the lifeboat station, and so Holyhead Coastguard requested the Rhyl All-weather lifeboat to attend. The volunteers pagers were set off, and the lifeboat was alongside the casualty within 15 minutes of launching at 6.37 am. Two crew members were put on board to assist the skipper in taking down the yacht’s sails, then a towline was passed, and the lifeboat crew then towed the casualty into Rhyl harbour. The yacht was towed to the pontoon on the outer harbour entrance, where local coastguard officers and harbour officials were waiting to secure it. The skipper was tired but otherwise unhurt, and so the lifeboat crew made sure everything was secure and OK with the skipper, then returned to station at 0810.

Paul Frost, acting Coxswain of the lifeboat says ” Even though we have been very busy with the All-weather lifeboat lately, we were happy to be able to help the skipper”

Photos and a video will be available soon.

Byline: Exhausted single-handed Yachtsman asks for assistance after total equipment failure
Page Content:

Rhyl's All-weather lifeboat volunteer crew were woken from their slumbers at 6.28am on Thursday 7 August. A yacht was being sailed overnight from the Menai Straits to the Wirral. The skipper was sailing single-handed, but was not making good time, so he tried to start his engine. This failed, and all the other navigational and electrics failed at the same time. The skipper had been sailing all night and was very tired, so he dialled 999 on his mobile phone for assistance, which luckily had a good signal just to the South-East of the Rhyl Flats wind farm. He was approximately two and a half miles NNW of the lifeboat station, and so Holyhead Coastguard requested the Rhyl All-weather lifeboat to attend. The volunteers pagers were set off, and the lifeboat was alongside the casualty within 15 minutes of launching at 6.37 am. Two crew members were put on board to assist the skipper in taking down the yacht's sails, then a towline was passed, and the lifeboat crew then towed the casualty into Rhyl harbour. The yacht was towed to the pontoon on the outer harbour entrance, where local coastguard officers and harbour officials were waiting to secure it. The skipper was tired but otherwise unhurt, and so the lifeboat crew made sure everything was secure and OK with the skipper, then returned to station at 0810.

Paul Frost, acting Coxswain of the lifeboat says " Even though we have been very busy with the All-weather lifeboat lately, we were happy to be able to help the skipper"

Photos and a video will be available soon.