At 9.01hr on Sunday 9th April 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from the lone skipper of an 8 metre sailing yacht, in the Kettle Anchorage, at the Inner Farne Island. The yacht’s propeller had become fouled by the tow line from the yacht’s inflatable tender (dinghy), so was disabled. The yacht had contacted some rocks but was in no immediate danger.
It was agreed to launch both Seahouses Lifeboats. This was the second low water launch in a week. The Inshore Lifeboat was quickly launched and alongside the casualty. The all weather lifeboat launched from the harbour mouth without incident, and made best speed to the casualty. Meanwhile the Inshore lifeboat was able to tow the yacht out of the Kettle into deeper water. On arrival of the All Weather Lifeboat, the tow was handed over, and the yacht towed to Seahouses. The lifeboat was unable to enter the harbour until 11.30hr due to the tide, when the yacht was safely moored. The rope was to be removed at the next low tide.
Both lifeboats then returned to station.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, “The boat skipper was a bit embarrassed about his predicament. He did exactly the right thing be calling for assistance when he did, and minimised risk to himself and the yacht. It was a straight forward text book job for our crew.”
It is believed that the yacht was on passage to the Tweed from the south, and had moored overnight at the Kettle.