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All Weather Lifeboat Launched in Yacht Rescue 6/8/18

Dunbar’s lifeboat crew rescued a German yacht owner whose engine failed early this morning (Monday).

 (Pic: Gary Fairbairn)

(Pic: Gary Fairbairn)

UK Coastguard paged for the volunteer crew at 6.36am after the yacht Optimist B became stranded without power or wind a mile north of Torness Power Station. The all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched from its mooring at Torness at 7.07am and within a few minutes had reached the yacht.

The 74-year-old skipper of the 40ft yacht had been sailing single-handedly from Dusseldorf around the UK since May and was on passage to Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth when he suffered technical difficulties.

 (Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

After assessing the situation, the lifeboat crew set up a tow and the ALB John Neville Taylor brought the Optimist B into Dunbar Harbour, where it was moored for repairs.

The ALB returned to Torness and by 9.30am was refuelled and ready for service.

Thankfully, this callout ended safely but the RNLI Respect the Water campaign reminds people going out on the water alone to:

  • Carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.

  • Wear an appropriate flotation device, such as a lifejacket or buoyancy aid – it could save your life.

  • Tell someone ashore your plans and what time you expect to be back.

 (Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)

Crew: Gary Fairbairn, Gaz Crowe, Gordon Kirkham, Adrian Lavery, Chris Woods, Stuart Crichton, Nick Mailer, Douglas Wight

 (Pic: UK Coastguard)

(Pic: UK Coastguard)

 (Pic: Nick Mailer)

(Pic: Nick Mailer)