Dunbar’s RNLI crew was called out on Monday (April 19) evening to assist one of its own volunteers whose yacht suffered engine failure. Crew member Jamie Forrester and his friend and boat-owning partner were approaching Dunbar Harbour shortly before 6pm after an afternoon sail with their families, when the engine on their 26ft yacht Kerry Girl failed to respond. They sailed to a safe location to drop anchor but, when attempts to fix the problem failed, they called for help.

UK Coastguard tasked the crew at 6.15pm and they launched the inshore lifeboat (ILB) ten minutes later. They were quickly on scene, set up a tow, and guided the yacht into the harbour and safely to its mooring. The coastguard stood down the crew at 6.47pm. 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.” If you need assistance on the water call 999 and ask for UK Coastguard.

Crew: Alan Blair, Adrian Lavery, Nick Mailer, Douglas Wight

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