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Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat assists Dutch yacht in difficulties

PUBLISHED: 09:09 25 July 2018

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called out to help a Dutch yacht. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Lifeboat was called out to help a Dutch yacht. Picture: Mick Howes

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A volunteer lifeboat crew was called out after a Dutch yacht suffered engine problems off the Suffolk coast.

Lowestoft’s relief lifeboat ‘RNLB Cosandra’ was launched just before 9pm last night (Tuesday) to aid the yacht that had lost engine power and was in trouble one mile east of Kessingland.

Deputy Second Coxswain Nigel Lyman said: “We were called out to help the crew of two on a 13-metre Dutch yacht reporting engine failure.

“When we arrived at the stranded vessel the crew told us that they had sailed from the Netherlands but had lost power and couldn’t start the engine. In the light wind they were making very slow progress and would have had difficulty entering the harbour unaided.

“The weather conditions were good and the sea was calm and with a clear moonlit sky a tow line was connected and the vessel was brought safely back to Lowestoft and moored in the yacht basin just after 10.30pm.”

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