Pair rescued after fire on yacht

Two people were rescued from a yacht which caught fire off the north Northumberland coast. Picture: Berwick RNLI
Two people were rescued from a yacht which caught fire off the north Northumberland coast. Picture: Berwick RNLI

Two people were rescued after a fire on a yacht off the north Northumberland coast.

Both Berwick lifeboats were paged immediate launch by Humber Coastguard at 4pm on Tuesday after they had received a distress call from a yacht one nautical mile north of Holy Island.

The yacht with two persons on board was on fire after a blaze had broken out in the galley.

Coastguard officers maintained a visual of the yacht while it drifted south. Humber Coastguard broadcast a mayday relay and dispatched both Berwick Lifeboats.

The casualties were evacuated from the yacht by Berwick inshore lifeboat crew and transferred to Berwick all-weather lifeboat, medically assessed then transported back to Berwick lifeboat station into the care of Berwick Coastguard rescue team and paramedics.

The inshore lifeboat maintained a safety watch over the yacht until the all-weather vessel arrived back on scene.

The coxswain and Humber Coastguard took advice from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service then once the fire had burnt itself out took the vessel in tow back to Tweed Dock where the local fire crews checked over the yacht for any signs of hot spots.
Both Berwick upon Tweed Lifeboats returned to station at 9.40pm.