Torbay’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched at the request of HM Coastguard just before 4pm on Tuesday 9th May tasked to assist a yacht without power drifting dangerously close to rocks off Berry Head.
The 28’ yacht – with three people on board – had snagged a lobster pot marker and lost power as a result, and with a 3-4’ sea swell in the Bay the vessel was in danger of running onto nearby rocks.
Brightly-coloured passenger ferry Torbay Clipper (operated by local company WeFerry) was in the immediate area and went to the vessel’s assistance, attaching a short line to drag the yacht clear of the rocks and hold her safely until the Torbay all-weather lifeboat volunteer crew arrived to secure and recover the vessel. Another yacht in the area also went to assist, but was not needed.
The RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew arrived quickly and attached a line, enabling them to tow the yacht safely until she was handed over to the Brixham Marina launch for onward return to her berth at Brixham. The three casualties on board remained unharmed during the event, and the lifeboat was stood down and released to return to station at around 4.45pm.
Torbay Clipper recently co-operated with RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat in a simulated rescue exercise, never expecting that just a couple of weeks later they would be able to assist in a real-life drama!Follow