UK Coastguard received a mobile phone call from a 8 meter yacht 5 miles off the coast off Happisburgh, taking in water and with no power. Happisburgh volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8:50pm and the the Station’s Atlantic Lifeboat, Howard Bell, was on her way at 9pm with Tim Grimmer on the helm and Charlotte Siely, Martin Gibbs and Sam Gillard as crew.
As the yacht had no working radio, due to no power, the location was hard to find but after putting up a white flair the crew located the yacht with one person on board,
Once alongside Martin Gibbs was transferred to the yacht with a salvage pump, once the pump was set up Martin attached the tow to the yacht. Howard Bell then took the yacht in tow towards Yarmouth harbour.
When the crew entered the ‘Yarmouth Roads’ they were joined by Gorleston Lifeboat who took over the tow to take the yacht into the harbour.
Tim Grimmer commented “the crew had to work together and this went like clockwork, each member had a job to do and the team worked well together”.
Tim – at the helm, Charlotte – radio and navigation, Martin – on the casualty, Sam – doing the tow on the Lifeboat.