Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Launch Report 002/2014
YACHT AGROUND AT ST CUTHBERT'S ISLE, AT HOLY ISLAND
At 11.40hr Saturday 19th April 2014, Humber Coastguard contacted the duty Launch Authority at Seahouses Lifeboat Station, and advised that a 19ft yacht had grounded a St Cuthbert's Island, beside Holy Island. Local shore based Coastguards from Holy Island reported that the yacht was well aground and listing. There would be an obvious risk as the tide rose, that the yacht could flood.
After discussion, it was agreed to launch the Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat at 15.30hr that day, on the rising tide, so that a line could be attached to the yacht as it refloated, and assistance given to the sole crewman, to safely refloat the vessel. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 15.52hr, and the yacht was safely refloated without incident, and towed to Holy Island Harbour, where the yacht skipper met local shore based Coastguard Rescue Officers. The vessel was checked for possible damage, and to ensure that the hull was sound. No significant damage was found. The yacht had been on passage from Amble to Berwick, when it inadvertently attempted to pass Holy Island on the mainland side. The channel here between the Island and the mainland is too shallow for vessels to pass.
Once the yacht was found to be safe, the Yacht Skipper decided to continue his passage to Berwick, and was escorted into deep water to the east of Holy Island by the lifeboat. It then continued to Berwick, and the lifeboat returned to station.