RNLI Crew Member Jumps into Bristol Channel to Save Man and his Yacht
The RNLI have just released a video depicting a rescue mission of a man and his stranded yacht in the Bristol Channel.
Strong winds off Clevedon beach caused the man’s yacht to run aground while at anchor. The Portishead RNLI crew were alerted and raced to the scene to tow the boat away. As the video shows, a RNLI crew member has to swim out to the yacht in order to tow it, as the lifeboat could not get close enough to the shallow waters surrounding the yacht. After securing the yacht to the lifeboat, it was towed to Portishead Marina and put in the possession of the Portishead Coastguards.
Dave Herbert, spokesman for the RNLI said: It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.
Watch the video the rescue below.
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Image Credit: RNLI
Article by Jack Bartrop