Yarmouth RNLI was tasked to reports of a yacht with engine failure earlier on today (Saturday).
Yarmouth’s Severn class All Weather Lifeboat – Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) – was tasked by HM Coastguard at 09:19 to a sailing vessel in need of assistance west of St Catherine’s Point.
The volunteer crew headed out of Yarmouth Harbour via The Needles before locating the 32ft ketch, which had requested help, 7 miles west of St Catherine’s.
In winds averaging 15 knots, the conditions on the south of the Isle of Wight were moderate.
There were 2 persons on board the yacht, but thankfully the duo were unharmed.
A tow line was established ready for the journey to Yarmouth. Upon the approach to the Harbour, the casualty was put into an alongside tow.
At the request of the rescued boat, the RNLI safely attached them to one of Yarmouth Harbour’s outer moorings where they were met by members of the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team.
Coxswain Howard Lester said:
“It is important to ensure your boat and equipment is checked carefully before undertaking a long passage at sea.”
Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 14:30.