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Dutch yacht assisted by Lowestoft Lifeboat and Coastguard rescue officers

PUBLISHED: 09:08 29 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:08 29 April 2019

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called to help a Dutch yacht suffering electrical problems. Pictures: RNLI / Philip Holdsworth

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called to help a Dutch yacht suffering electrical problems. Pictures: RNLI / Philip Holdsworth

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The crew of a Dutch yacht heading for Lowestoft had to call for help when the vessel encountered electrical problems.

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called to help a Dutch yacht suffering electrical problems. Pictures: RNLI / Philip HoldsworthLowestoft Lifeboat was called to help a Dutch yacht suffering electrical problems. Pictures: RNLI / Philip Holdsworth

As the yacht neared the port they were struggling to make headway against the strong tide, and with no navigation lights or VHF radio the two people on board decided that they needed help.

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Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: “We were called at 7.47pm on Friday evening (April 26) to give assistance to a yacht and located the 10-metre vessel about one kilometre off Corton church.

“The crew were grateful to see us as they were only making slow progress and with daylight failing and with no lights they were worried for their safety. “We connected a towline and although the tide was on the ebb there was still a strong current as we began the slow journey back.

“Despite a strengthening southerly breeze blowing we brought the yacht safely into harbour arriving back at 9.30pm – where we were met by Coastguard Rescue Officers who assisted with mooring the yacht.”

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