RNLI rescue yacht grounded off Skegness coast in early morning call-out

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A yacht grounded off the Skegness coast was towed to safety by the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).

The Skegness crew manoeuvred quickly in challenging shallow water to assist the 27 foot vessel and its two occupants, who believed they had run aground in the Lynn wind farm,

Coxswain Ray Chapman and his crew launched the Lincolnshire Poacher at around 1.50am and asked the boat’s skipper to fire a red distress flare to aid locating them,

Ray said: “When the flare was fired, we quickly discovered that the vessel was actually aground in shallow water on Skegness South Beach.

“We reached the casualty quickly and our volunteer crew had the vessel ready to be towed to safety in no time at all.

“Manoeuvring the lifeboat in such shallow water was challenging.”

Two RNLI volunteers boarded the stricken vessel, dropped its sail and rigged a temporary tow to guide the yacht to safety.

Once in deeper water, a new tow was prepared and the all-weather lifeboat took the yacht and its crew towards Grimsby, where the RNLI Pride of Humber proceeded with them northwards to a safe harbour.

The lifeboat was recovered at 7.20am and rehoused ready for service by 8.30am.