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13th April 2013 - 15.28h

Yacht Ashore at Tynemouth Longsands Beach

Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade after receiving several 999 calls reporting a 20-foot yacht aground at the north end of Tynemouth Longsands beach. Brigade members arrived on scene and quickly confirmed that the assistance of Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat would be required to help refloat the vessel. The Lifeboat crew were then paged and arrived on scene a short while later. After establishing a tow-line with the yacht, the Lifeboat then moved the yacht into deeper water and carried out a thorough examination of the boat to find out what damage had been caused by its grounding. This examination found that the vessel’s rudder had been damaged to the extent that it had lost all steering capability, but the boat remained watertight. The Lifeboat then towed the boat, named ‘Korivelia’ with one person on board, to Royal Quays Marina, where the owner was then going to look to make repairs and arrange another tow to its home berth at Willington Quay. While at the Marina, Brigade members spoke with the occupant of the boat, who had basic emergency equipment including a lifejacket and a VHF Radio, but were unable to establish what exactly had caused the yacht to come aground.

The scene that Brigade members found once they have arrived on scene.
Officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service also arrived on scene and used a megaphone to inform the man on board the boat that the Lifeboat would be with him shortly.
Once on scene, a lifeboatman swam ashore and attached a line to the front of the Yacht - photo courtsey of John Millard.
The Lifeboat then started to tow the yacht back out to sea - photo courtsey of John Millard.
The yacht was then towed back to Royal Quays Marina where a repair to the rudder could be made.

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