Seahouses lifeboat aids yacht with engine failure

Seahouses all-weather lifeboat Grace Darling.
Seahouses all-weather lifeboat Grace Darling.

Seahouses lifeboat was called to the aid of a yacht with engine failure last night.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 9.25pm to go to the assistance of a 10-metre yacht with five people on board.

There was very little wind and the yacht had suffered engine failure at a position reported to be near the Swedman Buoy off the Farne Islands.

The Grace Darling began a search for the yacht, which initially was not at the reported position.

The lifeboat crew used their VHF radio direction finding equipment and radar to locate the vessel, which was seven nautical miles north of Seahouses, off Budle Bay.

The welfare of the yacht’s crew was checked and, with the consent of the skipper, it was towed back to Seahouses.

Once safely moored, arrangements were made to carry our repairs in daylight. The yacht had been on passage from Blyth to Eyemouth.