Skegness RNLI lifeboat launched after wind snaps yacht mast in half

The lifeboat escorting the damaged yacht back to shore.
The lifeboat escorting the damaged yacht back to shore.

THE Skegness RNLI crews were kept busy at the weekend with call-outs to rescue a damaged yacht and a kite surfer who was in difficulty.

Skegness’ all-weather RNLI lifeboat ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’ was called into action for the first time this year on Friday (May 11) when a yacht became dismasted in strong winds.

The 28ft yacht Nahlin, with one person on board, was heading across The Wash towards Gibraltar Point when the wind, estimated to be force seven, broke the mast in half.

The lifeboat was launched at 11.15am at the request of Yarmouth Coastguard.

The RNLI crew found the yacht heading towards the approaches to the river under engine power.

As no assistance was required, the lifeboat stood by and escorted the yacht into the river before returning to Skegness at 1230pm.

On Sunday, May 13, the inshore lifeboat ‘Peterborough Beer Festival IV’ was also called into action when a kite surfer was spotted struggling to get ashore.

The lifeboat launched at 2.35pm and located the kite surfer approximately a quarter of a mile off Central Beach.

The man and his kit were brought safely ashore within minutes of the lifeboat launching.