Ramsgate RNLI called out to stricken yacht

The yacht was brought safely to harbour

Ramsgate RNLI had an early morning call out yesterday (June 11) to a 31ft yacht with engine failure near the North East Goodwin buoy

The All-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched at 5.33am to help the stricken craft.

Once on the scene the crew of the yacht were requested to pull their anchor up, but they were unable to do so as it was stuck too firmly.

Photo Ramsgate RNLI

The All-weather boat crew then asked them to loop the tow rope around their anchor chain, which enabled the lifeboat to pull the anchor free from the sea bed.  Once this was completed the Esme Anderson was then able to tow the yacht safely into harbour.

>A RNLI spokesman said: “What appears to be a simple thing shows the expertise and experience of the crew of the RNLI in handling these situations. In 2015 alone there were 818 RNLI lifeboat launches nationally to yachts alone and that number increases as yachting becomes more popular.

“ If you are taking to the seas always carry a means of calling for help and ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it.”