Yarmouth RNLI rescues grounded yacht off the Shingles Bank
The Yarmouth lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 1.14pm this afternoon, following a call for help from a yacht that had run aground on the treacherous Shingles Bank, one nautical mile to the north of The Needles lighthouse.
In bitterly cold conditions, but otherwise fine weather, the lifeboat sped to the aid of the stricken 13 metre sailing yacht and her crew of two, arriving on scene within 14 minutes.
The lifeboat's smaller Y-boat was immediately deployed and a tow line was passed to the casualty vessel in order to tow her into deeper water. Once clear of the bank, the yacht proceeded to Falmouth and the lifeboat crew recovered the Y-boat and returned to station, arriving back at 3.19pm.
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