Ilfracombe RNLI assist yacht in tricky weather

The yacht Kenja with crew members Ben Langham and Andy Day aboard during rough sea conditions. PHOTO

The yacht Kenja with crew members Ben Langham and Andy Day aboard during rough sea conditions. PHOTO: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: Archant

Volunteer crew spring to action to help yacht on its way to Cardiff

Ilfracombe RNLI’s volunteer crew sprang into action to assist a yacht anchored near the pier this morning (Wednesday).

Kenja needed help to leave the harbour and continue on its way to Cardiff after anchoring overnight in the hope that weather conditions would improve.

The crew launched the D-Class inshore lifeboat Deborah Brown II as weather conditions worsened after seeing the yacht anchor on Tuesday night.

Volunteer Coxswain Andrew Bengey went down to the Pier to check that everything was in order, and on seeing no signs of life aboard the yacht, he called the coastguard, worried that the crew might have been washed overboard as the waves were breaking over the boat.


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Travelling in force seven winds, and through four metre swell, the crew arrived at the yacht within a few minutes of the pagers sounding. Upon arrival, they found a single person on board, and so helmsman Leigh Hanks decided to put two crew members on the yacht to speak with the man and offer assistance.

The man decided to continue on his way to Cardiff, but not before the RNLI helped him to recover his anchor in the difficult conditions.

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