Becalmed yacht towed to safety by Falmouth RNLI after fuel thieves strike: FULL STORY (From This is The West Country)
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Becalmed yacht towed to safety by Falmouth RNLI after fuel thieves strike: FULL STORY
3:50pm Wednesday 19th June 2013 in Cornwall
Falmouth's all weather lifeboat was in action last night going to the rescue of a yacht suffering engine failure off the coast.
The 37ft yacht Elimi contacted Falmouth Coastguard just before 10.30pm.
She was becalmed and suffering engine failure eight miles south east of Zone Point.
The coastguard tasked the Falmouth Severn Class all-weather lifeboat, Richard Cox Scott, to assist the two sailors on board. It was on scene by 11.07pm
The 37 ft Malo Yacht was transiting from Portland in Dorset to Milford Haven in South Wales, on her way to Largs in Scotland, when she became becalmed as she was about to transit round Lands End. The crew, Liz and Robert Millar of Edinburgh, realised that they were in a sticky situation with little or no wind and a malfunctioning engine and called the Coastguard.
At seven minutes past eleven, having located the yacht on radar, they arrived alongside the Elimi where they immediately put a volunteer lifeboat man onboard to assess the situation. The yacht’s crew were well prepared and both had lifejackets but it transpired that the yacht was completely out of fuel despite the owner knowing that his tanks had been topped up. As there was little or no wind and the yacht was totally out of fuel the decision was made to tow her back to Falmouth.
The tow was set up by 11:16 with the aid of the lifeboat crewman on the yacht and the 9 mile tow back to Falmouth Harbour commenced. The weather was kind on this occasion as there was only a slight sea and swell with moderate visibility and occasional fog patches. As there were no vacant berths in the local marinas the Elimi was safely moored on the lifeboat pontoon at 12:40 am. The lifeboat was released to its temporary mooring in Pendennis Marina and made ready for service again by 1:05 am.
The owner of the yacht, Robert Millar, stated “I am extremely grateful to the Falmouth lifeboat crewmen for their thoroughly professional, calm and friendly attitude. I was settling down for a night passage around Lands End on my way to my next port of call, Milford Haven, when for no apparent reason the engine stopped, and with very little wind, I felt that I should get some help, so called the Coastguard.”
It does appear, from what Robert Millar has said that thieves may have drained some of the fuel from his yacht whilst it was in a marina in Dorset and with his fuel gauge not working at 100 per cent he had less fuel than he thought.
Crew: Mark Pollard (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Luke Wills, Andy Jenkin, Tom Bird, Nick Head, Jack Chuter
Weather: slight sea and swell, moderate visibility, partly cloudy with fog patches.
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