Volunteers rescue sailors after yacht loses power near 'busy shipping channel'

PUBLISHED: 09:08 28 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 28 June 2019

The boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLI

The boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLI

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Two sailors were towed to safety after their yacht lost power off Clevedon's coast.

The boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLIThe boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLI

Portishead RNLI spent hours on Wednesday afternoon pulling the boat to safety against the tide.

The sailors called for help after their vessel lost power, and they were unable to drop their anchor due to a system failure.

Faced with strong winds and an outgoing tide close to a busy shipping channel, the sailors called at 3.10pm to be rescued - being dragged to the safety of Portishead marina by a lifeboat.

An RNLI spokesman said: "Sailing in very strong winds with no engine power was indeed a very challenging position to be in, particularly on an outgoing tide very close to the busy shipping channel.

The boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLIThe boat was towed to the safety of Portishead marina by Portishead RNLI. Picture: Portishead RNLI

"The yacht was very well maintained but they soon realised that trying to get to Portishead in those weather conditions would be difficult with no power.

"They knew that they would need help so did exactly the right thing and called the Coastguard for help.

"The RNLI volunteers arrived on scene and worked quickly to secure a tow line to pull them to safety.

"After a few hours, pulling against the tide and strong winds the crew was able to hand them over to the Portishead Coastguard team in the safety of the marina."

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