Volunteer crews help trio of stricken boats off Essex & Suffolk coastline

Inshore lifeboat

Inshore lifeboat - Credit: Archant

Three stricken vessels were given aid off the Suffolk and North Essex coastline yesterday.

At 12.31pm the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Boat Volunteer towed a broken down 42ft yacht Andax, with two people aboard to Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington.

The boat had suffered an engine failure in the vicinity of the Orwell Bridge.

Later, at 6.22pm, the harbour launch Odd Times helped the 16ft motor boat Mine Aft with two people on board after it went aground on the Deben Bar.

It was escorted to Felixstowe Ferry.

The final call of yesterday to Thames Coastguard came at 7.09pm when the yacht Shanti II fouled its propeller and rudder on a mooring buoy off Harwich.

The Harwich inshore lifeboat managed to free the vessel, which then made its own way to Shotley.