RNLI volunteers in Berwick called out to help a yacht which was caught on lobster pot ropes
Volunteer crews from the Berwick RNLI team were called out to assist a yacht that had become trapped on lobster pot ropes.
RNLI crews in Berwick were called requested by the UK Coastguard shortly before 6.30pm on Friday, June 18, to launch the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) after a sailing yacht had gotten into difficulty.
The volunteers arrived on the scene, approximately one mile north of Berwick Lighthouse, and discovered that lobster pit ropes had caught around the yacht’s rudder, with the skipper unable to free it.
It was determined that the inshore lightboat (ILB) would also be required to assist and both boats worked together to free the yacht.
A casualty care trained crew was placed aboard the yacht to monitor a person who was suffering from the effects of seasickness.
RNLI crews towed the casualty vessel back to Berwick Dock after it was deemed that steering problems and the danger of the yacht being blown onto the rocks was a potential risk.