Date: Sunday 29th August 2010
Wind: NNW 7-8
Sea state: Moderate/Rough
Time of launch: 0805hrs
Time of return: 0910hrs
Boats launched: ALB + ILB
Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after the yacht “Wildlife”, with 3 persons on board, issued a ‘MAYDAY’ call, stating they had grounded on rocks to the South of Amble. With the tide falling, strong winds and choppy seas it was imperative the Lifeboats were on scene as fast as they could get there.
With the ILB arriving on scene first, a crew man was put on board the yacht to asses the damage and the persons on board. With no-one needing any first aid and the yacht seemingly intact, the skipper of the yacht accepted a tow from Amble Lifeboat as soon as she arrived on scene, to see if he could be pulled into deeper water.
Slowly the yacht was pulled into deeper water until she re-floated, at which point a crew man from the ALB was then transferred to the yacht, with the salvage pump, in case any damage sustained lead to her taking on water. With only a slight amount of water being taken onboard, the yacht was then towed into Amble Marina, where she was moored until there was enough water for her to be lifted out at Amble Boatyard to be inspected.
Coxswain David Bell reported that due to weather conditions, 3 lives were undoubtedly saved by the Lifeboats.