In the first days of May, the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat, The Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) was called out on five separate occasions.
On 5 May, two yachts went aground on a falling tide on the south side of the Needles channel. In one case two crew and a dog were returned to Yarmouth pending the refloating of the yacht White Heather on the next tide that evening.
On 8 May, the lifeboat was tasked to assist a 36ft yacht 5.5 miles south west of the Needles, which had fouled its stern gear on a lobster pot. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the smaller ‘Y Boat’, the crew of which managed to cut the line. However, fearing that the stern gear had suffered some damage, the yacht, Boudica’was towed to Yarmouth harbour for inspection and possible repairs.
On the same day, the Yarmouth lifeboat was tasked to take over a tow of a motor yacht with engine failure. She had been assisted by the Mudeford inshore lifeboat but needed the power of the all- weather lifeboat to bring her into Yarmouth.
On 12 May the Eric and Susan Hiscock lifeboat was tasked to search an area 4 miles south west of the Needles where the fishing vessel Extreme’ had reported that a light aircraft had ‘ditched’ into the sea. The lifeboat searched the area and nothing was found and the search was called off.
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