Date: Wednesday 26th May 2010
Wind: E 2-3
Sea state: 1.5/2m swell
Time of launch: 2200hrs
Time of return: 0000hrs
Boats launched: ALB + ILB
Reason: Both boats were called to the 12 metre sailing yacht ” SEA JAY ” with four persons on board which had run aground 100 yards South of Amble Harbour. She was laying on her side taking a heavy buffeting in the 2 metre swell which was driving the vessel further onto the rocks.
The ILB took the tow rope from the ALB to the casualty, and with this made fast the ALB took the strain and managed to turn the vessel head to sea this seemed to steady the casualty but she was still hard aground. The ILB then took two persons off and transferred them to the ALB where they were found to be cold and slightly shocked and were given warm drinks and blankets. The ILB then went back alongside the vessel and put a crewmember onboard to assist with the recovery.
As the tide flowed and with the tension still on the tow rope, and after 1.5 hrs the ALB was able to free the casualty of the rocks and make headway into deeper water where the vessel was tied alongside as they had no steerage, with this done all three vessels entered Amble Harbour were the SEA JAY was moored alongside the quay wall for the night until she could be lifted out so they could inspect for damage underneath.