Ilfracombe RNLI rescued a yacht off the coast of North Devon yesterday afternoon that had suffered engine failure.
All-weather lifeboat, Spirit of Derbyshire, was launched to help Tanglin that was struggling about two miles north of Combe Martin.
The yacht had two people on board and was on her way home to Penarth when she suffered major engine failure
A nearby yacht attempted to help out with parts for the broken engine, but they were unable to fix the problem and the all-weather lifeboat was launched.
Volunteer 2nd Coxswain, Carl Perrin said: “ With the very large and powerful spring tide going against them, the two yachts would stand little to no chance of succeeding in the tow.
“The strength of the tide meant they would lose about half their speed to start with, and the added weight of the yacht being towed would probably have meant that they didn’t move much at all.”
Launching shortly after 3.40pm, the lifeboat arrived on scene with the yacht about twenty minutes later.
By 5.30pm, the Spirit of Derbyshire had brought the yacht into Ilfracombe, and the crew had aided those on board with getting her onto one of the visitors’ moorings in the outer harbour to await the ebb of the tide.
This was the fifth call out in four days for Ilfracombe RNLI, and the 50th service of the year to date.