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PUBLISHED: 16:15 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

The Spirit of Lowestoft

The Spirit of Lowestoft

THE swift action and bravery of Lowestoft's lifeboat crew has been recognised by the chief executive of the RNLI.

On July 6 the crew of RNLB Spirit of Lowestoft were called out to help the yacht Long Hope, after she strayed onto Newcome Sand in poor weather conditions.

THE swift action and bravery of Lowestoft's lifeboat crew has been recognised by the chief executive of the RNLI.

On July 6 the crew of RNLB Spirit of Lowestoft were called out to help the yacht Long Hope, after she strayed onto Newcome Sand in poor weather conditions.

The yacht touched bottom and lost her rudder after being blown off course in gale force wins and heavy seas, but the rapid-response of the crew, under coxswain John Fox, saw her safely docked within an hour.

The Tyne class all-weather lifeboat, which was partly funded thanks to an appeal by The Journal, was able to reach the stranded yacht within nine minutes and after successfully passing the towline at the first attempt, was able to tow her into the Stamford Channel.

Despite battling against strong wins, driving rain and an ebbing tide, the crew were able to tow the yacht into the harbour and safely berth in the marina.

Chief executive Andrew Freemantle, said: “The seamanship, skill and teamwork demonstrated by coxswain Fox and his whole crew reflects the finest traditions of the RNLI and the excellent standards of all those involved at Lowestoft lifeboat station. Well done indeed all of you, and thank you.”

Lifeboat operations manager Richard Musgrove said: “Such letters are not routine and such an award is some recognition for the many hours of dedication and training by our volunteer crew, under the leadership of John Fox.

“The RNLI is an independent charity and we thank everyone who supports us: it is this support that enables us to go to sea to rescue others.”


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