RNLI crew called to help stricken yacht

A Newbiggin Lifeboat crew towed the 27-ft yacht Sea Jay to Blyth Harbour.
A Newbiggin Lifeboat crew towed the 27-ft yacht Sea Jay to Blyth Harbour.

Lifeboat volunteers from Newbiggin were called out just after 5.30pm yesterday to go to the assistance of a 27-ft yacht

The wife of the vessel’s owner had contacted Humber Coastguard reporting that her husband – who was sailing single handed from Scarborough, Yorkshire, to Anstruther in Fife – was concerned that his engine was having overheating problems.

The yacht, Sea Jay, was reported about nine miles due east of Newbiggin. The lifeboat was launched with a crew of four in thick fog, with a large swell running.

After making best speed in the conditions, the yacht was located having drifted a couple of miles south of its original position.

A tow was connected to the vessel and a course was made for Blyth Harbour.

Volunteers from the Blyth all-weather lifeboat service were also called into action to provide back up for the Newbiggin lifeboat because of the fog and diminishing light.

The boat was eventually towed into Blyth, arriving just before 9pm, to be met by the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team.

The yachtsman was suffering the effects of the cold and was taken to hospital to be warmed up and checked over.