On Tuesday June 16th, Dunbar’s Offshore lifeboat (ALB) crew had a late-night call out in thick fog to assist a broken-down yacht drifting in the North Sea. The Coastguard paged for RNLI help at 11.20pm after receiving a call that the 12-metre Sally Belle yacht was stranded without power 22 miles east of Torness, having suffered a cylinder-head gasket failure and no wind on this calm and foggy night.

The ALB launched from Torness and reached the vessel shortly before 1am. A tow was quickly set up and the crew made their way back to Dunbar Harbour, taking special care in poor visibility. ALB and yacht arrived back at the harbour at 5am and, after guiding the yacht to a safe berth in our Victoria Harbour, Gary Fairbairn, coxswain for Dunbar’s ALB, said: “Given the fog conditions we couldn’t take any chances but we succeeded in towing the yacht to safety without incident.”

Much more on the star-crossed Sally Belle later in this newsletter!

Photo 1 by Nick Mailer, a yacht sandwiched 'twixt 2 ALBs.

Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 of Sally Belle at her temporary berth, by Kenny Maule

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