Exmouth RNLI volunteers help rescue two people on board yacht in Lyme Bay

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:00 30 July 2018

Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn towing the casualty vessel into West Bay harbour. Picture: Lyme Bay RIB Charter.

Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn towing the casualty vessel into West Bay harbour. Picture: Lyme Bay RIB Charter.

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Volunteer crew members from Exmouth RNLI helped to rescue two people on board a 24-foot wooden yacht in Lyme Bay on Saturday (July 28).

The casualty vessel with a broken mast, 18 miles south of Lyme Regis. Picture: Exmouth RNLIThe casualty vessel with a broken mast, 18 miles south of Lyme Regis. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

The lifeboat volunteers responded to a call for help at around 6.30am and while travelling towards Sidmouth and were given more precise location details by HMS Kent which was close to the scene.

On arrival it was found that the vessel, which had two people on board, had a broken mast.

With up to three-metre swells and ‘confused’ sea conditions, the naval frigate helped Exmouth RNLI’s Shannon-class lifeboat R and J Welburn to establish a tow.

At around 10am the vessel was towed to West Bay and the Shannon-class lifeboat headed to Lyme Regis where it was due to be part of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

View from casualty vessel of R and J Welburn in the waves. Picture: Exmouth RNLIView from casualty vessel of R and J Welburn in the waves. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Second Coxswain, Scott Ranft said: “The casualties were competent and fully equipped for their passage to Chichester.

“They did the right thing to send out a Pan Pan call for help at the time they did, as their antenna was on the mast which had broken in two and lost signal after that.

“The Crew performed very well and we were pleased to make an appearance Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

“Sometimes we can’t make all public relations requests as our operational requirements have to take priority, but we were lucky to be tasked to their area this morning. We wish Lyme Regis a very successful Lifeboat Week.”

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