At 15.28hr on Friday 28th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist the ambulance service with an injured male on Bamburgh beach, with a suspected broken ankle. One option would be to remove the casualty by sea to a better location to transfer him to an ambulance. Local Coastguard Rescue Officers from Seahouses and Holy Island also were travelling to the scene by road.
Photos: (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)
PR180717 Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn towing casualties to Exmouth Marina to safety.
Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched at 10.08am on 18 July to assist two casualties on board a 37’ yacht which had lost all steering, 14 miles south of Seaton.
At 14.06hr on Friday 21st July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to the report from a member of the public of a white object in the sea off the Stag Rocks at Bamburgh. Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team initially attended to try and identify the object, which a member of public was concerned may be a capsized yacht. Sea conditions were quite choppy, with a strengthening gusty easterly wind.
At 12.23hr on Saturday 22nd July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, to the report from a diver support boat, that two of their divers, diving near the Harcar Rocks at the Farne Islands, were missing and now overdue by 45 minutes.
The Yacht, finally clear of the shingle bank, being escorted into Holy Island Harbour, to be met by the Coastguard Rescue Team and Harbour Master.
A relieved Yacht skipper we suspect !
At 17:00hr on Friday 14th July 2017, both lifeboats relaunched, and returned to the yacht to assist it to free itself on tonight’s high tide. The tide was tonight was slightly lower than this morning, so if the yacht could not be freed, it could be marooned for a week at least till the tides start to pick up again. At the point of high tide, the yacht was still not refloating. With some wash generated by the lifeboats, it was finally possible to gently tow the yacht clear. Care had to be taken to prevent any damage to the yacht’s hull. The yacht, once finally clear, was escorted to Holy Island harbour, where it was met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team. After a friendly chat between the Coastguard, yacht crew and lifeboat crews, both Seahouses Lifeboats returned to station at 20.30hr that night. A slightly difficult job, but with a successful conclusion.
Photos show the yacht below Lindisfarne Castle and the ILB alongside
At 07:51hr on Friday 14th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, to go to the assistance of a 26ft yacht with three persons and a dog on board. The yacht had run aground on the gravel outcrop at Holy Island, near the haven, known as the Rigg, and was unable free itself.
Photos: (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)
Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn tows the broken down fishing boat back to mooring.
Exmouth’s volunteers tasked to fishing boat in difficulty during the Institution’s inspection
Crew volunteers were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 7pm on Wednesday 5 July to the aid of a broken down fishing boat nine miles south of the Exe estuary. Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was on exercise during an RNLI three-yearly inspection.