RNLI rescue yacht in peril from choppy sea

The yacht being escorted into Langstone Harbour
The yacht being escorted into Langstone Harbour

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A YACHT was rescued by the RNLI after it got into serious difficulty when the cable that supports its mast snapped.

Portsmouth lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall was launched at midday on Sunday after receiving an emergency radio call from the yacht, which was one mile off Southsea seafront.

The yacht was calling a pan pan emergency – to show there was an urgent need for help but not an immediate danger to life or the boat – as the mainstay cable had snapped leaving the yacht in a precarious situation.

The RNLI said waves of up to 2m high were being recorded in the strong winds.

The lifeboat arrived within 10 minutes and found the yacht was being assisted by a passing power boat, although its front sail was in pieces and part trailing in the water.

A crewman from the lifeboat went on board and assisted the owners to escort the vessel into Langstone harbour.

Gosport Lifeboat stood by relaying communications to Solent coastguard in the choppy seas.

With the volunteer crewman on board, the torn sails were recovered from the water.

The yacht was then escorted by the lifeboat to the safety of Southsea marina, where lifeboat crew and marina staff assisted with its mooring.