Navy rescues army

RESCUE The Rib from Portsmouth-based HMS Severn helps out a stricken yacht in the Celtic sea
RESCUE The Rib from Portsmouth-based HMS Severn helps out a stricken yacht in the Celtic sea

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ROYAL Navy sailors came to the rescue of soldiers stranded on a yacht in the Celtic Sea.

Portsmouth-based patrol ship HMS Severn was tasked with assisting an Army-skippered yacht after she suffered a steering gear breakdown and a nearby fishing vessel had tried and failed to tow her in.

Despite being 75 miles away, Severn sprang into action and sailed through the night to reach the Spirit of St George which had been left drifting after losing her rudder.

Sailors reassured the two Royal Logistic Corps officers on board and rigged up an emergency rudder for them.

Severn’s captain, Lt Cdr Marcus Hember, said: ‘We were delighted to be able to assist our fellow servicemen and allow her to continue to land without the need for being towed.’