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Berwick lifeboat crew help stricken yacht

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Berwick RNLI lifeboat crew came to the aid of a yacht whose skipper set his lifejacket on fire while setting off emergency flares.

Answering a request by the Humber Coastguard, the lifeboat was launched at 00:40 on Sunday morning after a mayday call from the Trimaran yacht ‘Trina’, which had lost its navigation system and was partially swamped.

There was one man on board with no reported injuries. However, the casualty did not know his position as his electrics were down and conditions had worsened to thick fog with a heavy two metre swell.

He managed to let off some flares but in doing so set fire to his lifejacket and had to throw it overboard.

The ship ‘Prudence’, which was in the area, assisted the lifeboat in locating the yacht.

Crewman Hugo Hughes climbed aboard the vessel with a lifejacket for the owner and helped him sail it as the lifeboat escorted the ‘Trina’ back to Berwick, returning to station at 05.45.

Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard watch manager, said: “The skipper of the yacht ‘Trina’ had lost his navigation system and let off a number of emergency flares to help us locate his position.

“Unfortunately in doing so he had set fire to his lifejacket which resulted in him having to remove it.”

 

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