Busy weekend for RNLI

The yacht being towed to Gosport. Credit: GAFIRS

Rescuers tow 44ft yacht to Gosport after fire and engine failure

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THREE yachts needed help from the lifeboat service after getting into trouble on choppy seas over the weekend.

Portsmouth RNLI went to assist a 35ft yacht at about midday on Saturday after the front sail had become caught around the propeller, seizing the engine.

The crew managed return to Langstone Harbour’s entrance using the remaining sail but were be unable to navigate the narrow channel into Southsea marina without help.

A second yacht that suffered engine failure near Horse Sands fort was rescued shortly later.

The yacht was towed to Haslar marina for repairs.

At about 1.30pm, Portsmouth’s Atlantic Norma T went to Bracklesham Bay to help a stricken vessel.

Aaron Gent, a crew man for Portsmouth RNLI, said: ‘The crew found a 26ft sailing yacht battling a increasing 10ft sea swell with a very shaken two person crew onboard. Unsure of the crews current condition a lifeboat volunteer was transferred to the yacht and established that the immediate danger of sinking was no longer present.’