Lowestoft lifeboat launched to recover stranded yacht

The RNLI "Spirit of Lowestoft" lifeboat

The RNLI "Spirit of Lowestoft" lifeboat - Credit: Archant © 2009

The Lowestoft lifeboat was launched to help recover a broken down yacht off the coast.

The coastguard received a call from two people on board the Gypsy Rose at about 2.35pm today after it suffered engine failure.

The Lowesfoft RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched and helped tow in the stranded vessel which was seven miles south of Lowestoft when it ran into trouble.

Lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: 'When we reached the stranded vessel the skipper had difficulty in raising his anchor, which had become fouled around the yacht's keel. We put one of the lifeboat crew on board the yacht and together they managed to free and lift the anchor.'

The yacht, and two people on board were safely back in port by about 6pm.

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