Yarmouth RNLI rescue yacht struck by lightning

The Yarmouth Severn Class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer),’ was commissioned to launch by HM Coastguard on Monday July 12, 2021 at 3:58 p.m. on a 40 foot sailboat with a electrical failure and potential engine fire from lightning strike.

The RNLI volunteer crew arrived at the scene west of Newtown Creek and two crew members were taken aboard the damaged yacht to assess the situation. Although they were very shaken by their experience, the four crew members were not injured. The electrical systems had been destroyed by the strike, leaving the engine still running with no way to turn it off. The crew of the Yarmouth lifeboat shut down the engine and checked the hot spots.

Once they determined it was safe to do so, the Severn-class lifeboat provided towing alongside and brought the wrecked vessel to the safety of Yarmouth Harbor. The yacht was then handed over to the care of local fire crews from Freshwater and Newport as well as Coast Guard rescue teams from Needles for further fire safety and welfare checks.

Coxswain Howard Lester said: “The yacht crew had taken the proper safety precautions before setting sail, they were wearing life jackets and had another way to call for help. Having discovered that their VHF radio was turned off, they called the coast guard by phone on 999. ‘

The Yarmouth lifeboat returned to its berth and was ready for service at 5:10 p.m.

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its rescue work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station [email protected] 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London [email protected]

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a typical year, over 240 lifeguard units on beaches across the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.

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RNLI key figures

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a typical year, over 240 lifeguard units on beaches across the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information, please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Press releases, videos and photos are available on the News Center.

Contact the RNLI – public inquiries

Members of the public can contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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