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Rescuers attend ‘Mayday’ alert of ‘extreme sea sickness’ on yacht in difficulty

PUBLISHED: 06:40 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 05 October 2018

The Lowestoft RNLI escort the yacht into safe harbouyr Picture: MICK HOWES

The Lowestoft RNLI escort the yacht into safe harbouyr Picture: MICK HOWES

Mick Howes

A yacht crew needed rescuing after the vessel suffered engine problems and one person fell ill to “severe sea sickness”.

The Aldeburgh RNLI responded to a Mayday call from the yacht, which was in difficulty off the Suffolk coast.

The volunteer lifesavers launched their all-weather lifeboat Freddie Cooper at 5.10pm yesterday, following a request from UK Coastguard.

The yacht was reported to have suffered an overheated engine and a rope had jammed when the crew tried to raise a sail.

On arrival, the RNLI crew found one of the two people aboard the yacht had been unwell and needed to be taken off the vessel.

“He was transferred onto the lifeboat, where he was given casualty care assistance,” a spokesman added.

While the crew returned to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station with the unwell crew member, the Lowestoft lifeboat was called to assist the yacht back to shore. A nearby work boat also volunteered to escort the yacht.

The sea sick yacht crew member recovered and was able to rejoin his boat in Lowestoft.

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