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Whitby Lifeboat, Eight Crew Towed to Safety in Gale
The RNLI Lifeboat from Whitby towed a crew of eight to safety through a Gale today after their boat’s steering and engine failed on the way from Holland to Scotland.
At 10.40am today (Sat 23rd March 2013) Humber Coastguard received a radio call from the skipper of the sailing vessel ’Warnhw’ a former pilot vessel. The skipper informed the Coastguard that they had steering and engine failure and they were making their way to Whitby steering by hand.
Because the easterly Force 8 winds would make it difficult for the vessel to navigate into harbour on its own, Humber Coastguard decided that the vessel really needed assistance and so the RNLI All-Weather lifeboat from Whitby was sent to attach a tow to the ’Warnhw’. Because of the conditions in Whitby a decision was made to tow the vessel to Tees Harbour.
At just after 2.30pm Whitby lifeboat was joined by the RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Hartlepool. They also attached a tow-line to the ’Warnhw’ and helped bring the vessel safely in to Tees Harbour.
Graham Dawson Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“The weather conditions weren’t ideal for this vessel’s journey from Holland to Scotland but the situation became a lot more challenging when technical problems struck. The skipper did exactly the right thing by calling us on the radio to let us know about his situation before the vessel got in to real difficulty.
“If you are planning a voyage check weather and tides before you head out and consider postponing your journey if the elements are against you.”