Rescuers attend ‘Mayday’ alert of ‘extreme sea sickness’ on yacht in difficulty

The Lowestoft RNLI escort the yacht into safe harbouyr Picture: MICK HOWES

The Lowestoft RNLI escort the yacht into safe harbouyr Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Mick Howes

A yacht crew needed rescuing after the vessel suffered engine problems and one person fell ill to “severe sea sickness”.

The Aldeburgh RNLI responded to a Mayday call from the yacht, which was in difficulty off the Suffolk coast.

The volunteer lifesavers launched their all-weather lifeboat Freddie Cooper at 5.10pm yesterday, following a request from UK Coastguard.

The yacht was reported to have suffered an overheated engine and a rope had jammed when the crew tried to raise a sail.

On arrival, the RNLI crew found one of the two people aboard the yacht had been unwell and needed to be taken off the vessel.

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“He was transferred onto the lifeboat, where he was given casualty care assistance,” a spokesman added.

While the crew returned to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station with the unwell crew member, the Lowestoft lifeboat was called to assist the yacht back to shore. A nearby work boat also volunteered to escort the yacht.

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The sea sick yacht crew member recovered and was able to rejoin his boat in Lowestoft.

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