Disabled-yacht-rescued-by-Margate-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: A yacht with eight people on board has been towed to safety after becoming disabled in shipping lanes off Margate.
Page Content: The 50ft yacht was around nine miles north-west of Margate when on Saturday evening (27 June) they contacted coastguards reporting they had encountered machinery problems and required assistance.

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked and quickly towed the yacht clear of the shipping lanes. It was determined that the nearest safe haven was Queenborough on the river Medway and the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat also launched to take the tow over for the final leg of the journey to Queenborough where the yacht was safely moored.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority Margate lifeboat said: “It is preferred that casualty vessels are towed to the nearest safe haven which in this instance was the river Medway. Arranging Sheerness lifeboat to take over the tow allowed us to maintain response cover in our own area while assuring the yacht is taken to safety.”

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: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: A yacht with eight people on board has been towed to safety after becoming disabled in shipping lanes off Margate.
Page Content: The 50ft yacht was around nine miles north-west of Margate when on Saturday evening (27 June) they contacted coastguards reporting they had encountered machinery problems and required assistance.

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked and quickly towed the yacht clear of the shipping lanes. It was determined that the nearest safe haven was Queenborough on the river Medway and the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat also launched to take the tow over for the final leg of the journey to Queenborough where the yacht was safely moored.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority Margate lifeboat said: “It is preferred that casualty vessels are towed to the nearest safe haven which in this instance was the river Medway. Arranging Sheerness lifeboat to take over the tow allowed us to maintain response cover in our own area while assuring the yacht is taken to safety.”


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: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789