Yacht crew had to call the coastguard twice in two days

Seahouses lifeboat in action
Seahouses lifeboat in action

RNLI and coastguard crews were called out to rescue two people aboard a broken down yacht on Sunday afternoon.

The stricken vessel had two crew aboard and had been travelling from Eyemouth to Blyth when it suffered engine failure in choppy sea conditions and an increasing wind.

The previous day the same yacht had to call the UK Coastguard with engine problems in the Firth of Forth and had set away from Eyemouth in an attempt to reach Blyth, without rectifying the mechanical problems.

The UK coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat at 3.15pm on Sunday, November 20, to go to the assistance of a yacht, which was disabled half-a-mile off Seahouses harbour.

Coastguard teams were also mobilised and the all-weather lifeboat was quickly on scene and a crewman was put aboard to help the yacht crew secure a tow line. The yacht was then taken in tow by the lifeboat to Seahouses.

Seahouses lifeboat operations manager Ian Clayton said: “I can only urge leisure boat owners to ensure their craft are fully sea worthy before setting off, particularly at this time of year, when unpleasant weather conditions are forecast.”