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Byline: The Plymouth lifeboat and her volunteer crew were called out at 11.45a.m. this morning (14.09.2014) to reports of a yacht in distress some 3 miles south of the Eddystone lighthouse.
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After launching from their berth at Millbay Marina the Severn class lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover encountered rolling seas and strong wind while searching for the casualty yacht.

As information was received it was found that the 10.6 metre sailing boat with 3 crew on board had suffered structural failure and broken her mast. This had left the vessel strewn with broken rigging and lines making her unmanoeuvrable and struggling in heavy seas.

Two of the Plymouth lifeboat crew were put on-board the yacht to assist it’s own crew and secure the boat so it could be taken in tow. After initial difficulty’s of making safe dangerous broken rigging and spars that had covered the boat, a tow was connected from the Rnli all-weather lifeboat.

Due to the damage on the yacht and rolling sea conditions slow but safe progress was made to shore at Mayflower marina. With the occupants of the yacht uninjured and having spent five and a half hours at sea, the crew of the Plymouth lifeboat returned to station.

Notes to Editors ; For local information, Barry Perrins Plymouth lifeboat press officer 07790033796 or barryperrins@yahoo.comPlymouth lifeboat resuces

Byline: The Plymouth lifeboat and her volunteer crew were called out at 11.45a.m. this morning (14.09.2014) to reports of a yacht in distress some 3 miles south of the Eddystone lighthouse.
Page Content:

After launching from their berth at Millbay Marina the Severn class lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover encountered rolling seas and strong wind while searching for the casualty yacht.

As information was received it was found that the 10.6 metre sailing boat with 3 crew on board had suffered structural failure and broken her mast. This had left the vessel strewn with broken rigging and lines making her unmanoeuvrable and struggling in heavy seas.

Two of the Plymouth lifeboat crew were put on-board the yacht to assist it's own crew and secure the boat so it could be taken in tow. After initial difficulty’s of making safe dangerous broken rigging and spars that had covered the boat, a tow was connected from the Rnli all-weather lifeboat.

Due to the damage on the yacht and rolling sea conditions slow but safe progress was made to shore at Mayflower marina. With the occupants of the yacht uninjured and having spent five and a half hours at sea, the crew of the Plymouth lifeboat returned to station.

Notes to Editors ; For local information, Barry Perrins Plymouth lifeboat press officer 07790033796 or barryperrins@yahoo.comPlymouth lifeboat resuces