Third call out in quick succession for Lowestoft lifeboat

A yacht with engine failure was successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Pict

A yacht with engine failure was successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

A yacht that had lost all engine power was successfully assisted by a lifeboat crew.

Yacht with engine failure is successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Picture

Yacht with engine failure is successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat, Patsy Knight, was called out at 2.15pm today (Thursday) to assist a yacht that had lost all engine power.

The 27ft yacht had set sail from Southwold harbour when the engine failed.

Yacht with engine failure is successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Picture

Yacht with engine failure is successfully towed into Lowestoft by Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

The solo crewman on board was able to continue sailing towards Lowestoft, running with the tide, but realised that he would need assistance to enter Lowestoft harbour.

Lowestoft lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: 'We met the yacht named Petronella just off Kessingland and connected a towline to the vessel.


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'It was then a straightforward tow along the Stamford Channel before we shortened the line to bring the yacht safely into port, finally mooring the vessel at 4pm.'

After a quiet couple of months, this was the third callout for Lowestoft lifeboat in the past week.

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