Portsmouth and Hayling RNLI crews aid yacht’s safe return

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THE team work of Portsmouth and Hayling RNLI crews meant a stricken yacht was towed back to shore safely.

The 26ft Ciconia lost power and was heading towards rocks about a mile out to sea at East Wittering in high winds, on Saturday morning.

After radio communication failed the skipper made a 999 call and explained that he could see a windmill in the distance.

He was helped by both RNLI crews to get safely back to Sparkes Marina, in Hayling Island.

Jonathan Bradbury, Hayling Lifeboat Station’s operations manager, said ‘This was a speedy rescue and a good example of co-operation between our two stations.

‘Last weekend we were engaged together in a joint exercise and so we were well prepared to tackle a real live situation with a successful outcome.’