Lifeboat assists stricken yacht

Amble All-weather lifeboat The Four Boys was called out this afternoon to the aid of a yacht whose propeller had been snared by fishing ropes.

The launch was requested by HM Coastguard at 1:30pm when it became known that the 29ft yacht Jadocam had been caught on fishing ropes, leaving her without power five miles south of Coquet Island.

The Four Boys quickly arrived on scene where there was just the skipper on board and assessed the situation. It became obvious that she would need to be towed back to a safe harbour for repairs to take place, and due to the low tide, Amble RNLI Coxswain David Bell decided that the quickest course of action was to tow her to Blyth rather than wait in the open sea for the tide to be high enough to get into Amble Harbour.

Jadocam was then taken to Blyth harbour and was made safe at approximately 3:45pm, after which Amble lifeboat returned to her station at 5:30pm and was refuelled and made ready for service.

David said: “Taking the yacht down to Blyth was quicker and safer than waiting for the tide to turn as conditions could have worsened over time. At least this way, the yacht and skipper were safe and well as soon as possible.”