A yacht stranded with engine failure in a "very strong" tide sparked a lifeboat call. 

The 40ft yacht was on passage from Ipswich to Lowestoft when it had to call for assistance on Monday evening (July 10) after encountering engine failure approaching their home port.

The yacht, with two crew, a dog and parrot aboard, lost cooling water in their engine so had to shut it down before it overheated.

Second Coxswain Karl Jackson said: "We launched our relief RNLI lifeboat 'Storm Rider' at 7pm and found the yacht near the North Newcome buoy, half a mile from the pier heads.

Lowestoft Journal: Lowestoft lifeboat tows the yacht to safety. Picture: Mick HowesLowestoft lifeboat tows the yacht to safety. Picture: Mick Howes (Image: Mick Howes)

"They had anchored while waiting for assistance.

"The ABP Pilot Boat was standing by the vessel until we arrived.

"The tide was very strong and there was a 28-knot wind blowing.

"There was a metre-and-a-half sea swell, and it was really choppy around the pier head as the tide was roaring past."

A tow line was connected, and the stranded vessel was brought into the RNSYC Marina where it was met by the town’s Coastguard Rescue Team at 7.40pm.