All-weather lifeboat call-out draws a crowd

Scarborough lifeboat on the beach after towing the Quo Vadis yacht into the harbour, 30 August 2012.

Scarborough lifeboat on the beach after towing the Quo Vadis yacht into the harbour, 30 August 2012.

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Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat had its first shout in two months on Thursday.

It didn’t have to sail far as it was called to a yacht in distress in rough seas near the harbour.

The Quo Vadis had been sailing from Hartlepool to Scarborough, its home port.

The two men aboard were planning to call at Whitby, but the sea was too rough for a safe entrance into the harbour.

The pair notified the coastguard, who arranged for Whitby’s lifeboat to shadow the Quo Vadis past the town.

In a force-7 northerly gale, the boat reached Scarborough only to find that its engine wouldn’t start.

Yachts usually need engines to perform difficult manoeuvres, such as entering a harbour.

The coastguard was called again and the lifeboat launched at 3pm, an hour before high tide.

A crewman boarded the yacht to secure a tow rope and the Quo Vadis was hauled into the harbour.

Besides the two men, the yacht had three children aboard.

The seafront was busy and a large crowd watched both the rescue and the complex procedure to return the lifeboat to its station, with only a small area of beach to work on.

Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager, Steve Parker, said: “It was a straightforward rescue that the crew regularly train for. It all went well and we were happy to be able to help.”