RNLI rescue: Crew helps save its own volunteer on 26ft yacht after vessel suffers engine failure in East Lothian

RNLI crew, alongside the UK coastguard, helped rescue one of its own volunteers whose 26ft yacht suffered an engine failure in Dunbar.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:39 am

Crew member Jamie Forrester and his friend, and boat owning partner, were approaching Dunbar Harbour shortly before 6pm on Monday.

Coming back from an afternoon sail with their families, the engine on their 26ft yacht Kerry Girl failed to respond.

They sailed to a safe location to drop anchor.

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Alan Blair, ILB helm, guides the Kerry Girl yacht safely into Dunbar harbour (Photo: RNLI).

Dunbar’s RNLI crew was called out to assist with the incident, however attempts to fix the problem failed.

The UK Coastguard tasked the crew at 6.15pm and launched an inshore lifeboat ten minutes later.

They set up a tow and guided the yacht into the harbour.

The coastguard stood down the crew at 6.47pm.

The Kerry Girl yacht being towed into Dunbar Harbour by the RNLI inshore lifeboat crew (Photo: Jamie Forrester)

A spokesman for Dunbar RNLI said: “Even with a well-maintained engine incidents can happen but Jamie and his friend did the right thing by dropping anchor, making sure their yacht was in no immediate danger and requesting help.”

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