Stricken yacht rescued off Lincolnshire coast

The yacht Dolphin of Rhu is towed to safety
The yacht Dolphin of Rhu is towed to safety

A small yacht has been rescued today (Tuesday) after getting into difficulty off the Lincolnshire coast.

A mayday call was issued by the yacht Dolphin of Rhu just after 7.30am this morning (Tuesday) between the Lincs offshore windfarm and the Humber. The small yacht had lost its engines and was taking on water as the crew attempted to deal with problems with the rigging.

The call was picked up by the skippers of two of Centrica Energy’s windcat transfer vessels, taking engineers to the wind turbines, which came to the aid of the yacht.

Windcat 09 was first to reach the yacht, setting up a tow to start bringing the boat to Grimsby before handing over to RNLI teams from Skegness and Humber. A second vessel, Windcat 17,was also on hand to support.

Skipper Harold Banks said: “We picked up the mayday at about 7.40 – they said they couldn’t see land and were somewhere between the north of the Humber and the wind farm so we headed in that rough direction until we spotted them in the distance. They were cold and wet, and pretty relieved to see us.”

Harold has been skippering transfer vessels for around three years. Before this he was a fisherman for 30 years.