St Helier ALB tasked to yacht with 7 persons on board

Yesterday the St Helier all weather lifeboat, George Sullivan, was tasked just after 3.40pm to assist a 14m French yacht south of the Minquiers reef. The yacht, which was reported as having 7 persons on board, had lost both power and steering and the St Malo lifeboat was also tasked to assist.

The Tamar-class lifeboat was on scene approximately 1 hour after the crew was paged and it was agreed with the casualty vessel's crew that a tow back to St Helier was the best course of action. Due to the fresh north easterly wind and sea conditions, the return journey took almost 6 hours, arriving back at St Helier at shortly before 11pm.

The casualty yacht was berthed and the all weather lifeboat cleaned and prepared for her next service.

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