RNLI scrambled to a yacht in trouble in The Wash in strong winds

The yacht under tow during the rescue. Photo by RNLI.

The yacht under tow during the rescue. Photo by RNLI.

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THE Skegness RNLI station was called into action on Monday evening when a yacht ran out of fuel in strong winds and got into difficulty in the Wash.

The Lincolnshire Poacher was scrambled at 6.30pm to help a lone yachtsman on the 26ft vessel Aloha.

The lifeboat proceded south through the area’s sandbanks and located the yacht around 10 miles south of Skegness at 7.15pm.

Crew member Matt Jackson was transferred to the yacht to help with rigging a tow and the lifeboat proceeded with the yacht in tow towards Gibraltar Point.

As the lifeboat approached the entrance to the river at Gibraltar Point, fuel was passed over and the lifeboat stood by while the yacht made her way into the river.

The Lincolnshire Poacher was back on Skegness beach at 8.20pm to be washed down and refuelled, ready for service again at 9.30pm.

The call out came just two days after the inshore crew were called out to a jet skier in difficulty at Ingoldmells Point.

The lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was calle dout on Saturday at 3.45pm on Saturday following reports of a jet skier struggling to get ashore having been thrown off his jet ski.

The lifeboat searched the area until it was confirmed the jet skier had made it safely ashore, then recovered the jet ski back to the beach and returned to Skegness.