Lowestoft Lifeboat spends 11 hours assisting Dutch yacht

Lowestoft Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, tows the Dutch yacht back into Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, tows the Dutch yacht back into Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A Dutch yacht that had got into difficulties was successfully assisted by a lifeboat crew..

Lowestoft Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, tows the Dutch yacht back into Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, tows the Dutch yacht back into Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

The RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat was called out at 2.26am yesterday (Sunday) following reports that an 11-metre Dutch yacht, named Yvette, had lost steering when 48 miles due east of Lowestoft.

The crew of the lifeboat, Patsy Knight, were alerted after the yacht got into difficulties on it's way from the Netherlands to Lowestoft.

Lifeboat Coxswain John Fox said: 'When we reached the yacht, which was on it's way from the Netherlands to Lowestoft when it fell into trouble, we immediately put one of the lifeboat crew on board the stranded vessel.

'He helped to connect our tow line and also helped with the broken rudder to enable the yacht to go in a straight line again.'


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After being at sea for 11 hours in increasingly rough conditions as the wind gained strength, the lifeboat and its crew of tired volunteers returned to Lowestoft at 1.30pm, with the yacht being met by the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lowestoft and Southwold.

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