Alderney’s RNLI lifeboat launched in response to mayday from visiting yacht

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Date: 27/08/2011

Author: Nigel Soane-Sands, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Alderney’s all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker I launched at 11.10am this morning (Saturday) to help four people on board the 12.5 metre yacht Sunsail 4006 whose skipper had issued a mayday distress call.

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The yacht, just 2 miles north-east of Mannez Lighthouse, had suffered engine failure and was being carried towards the shore by the tide. The lifeboat was on scene in 10 minutes by which time the yacht’s engine was working again and she was escorted to Braye Harbour with both vessels being secure on moorings by 11.40 am.

Portsmouth-registered, Sunsail 4006 had been heading for Braye from Cherbourg.

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