Race yachts rescued

Scarborough and Whitby lifeboats tow the Martina and Shameless yachts into the harbour. Photo by Dave Barry 112091
Scarborough and Whitby lifeboats tow the Martina and Shameless yachts into the harbour. Photo by Dave Barry 112091
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COASTGUARD and lifeboat crews were called out to rescue a man overboard as three yachts got into difficulties between Scarborough and Whitby.

The incidents happened yesterday morning with the initial mayday call at 8.11am.

The coastguard got the call from a yacht called Martina which was sailing towards Scarborough.

The crew of the yacht reported that they were in a strong sea with a southerly wind of 30-40 knots.

They were not sailing but motoring and suffered engine failure.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Scarborough lifeboat to go to their assistance and Scarborough coastguard team were also called out.

Subsequently, another yacht called Shameless made a 999 call to Humber Coastguard reporting that they had a man overboard from their yacht and were holding onto him at the stern of their vessel.

Whitby lifeboat was launched and a rescue helicopter was also scrambled.

While these incidents were being dealt with, another yacht called Bandit made a distress call stating that they had lost engine power and were taking a battering and required assistance. They were taken under tow by lifeboat.

It was discovered that the three yachts had left Whitby together and were taking part in the Whitby to Scarborough race.

Lynda Bell, watch officer, Humber Coastguard, said: “Fortunately, the man who had gone overboard from his yacht was wearing a lifejacket and his colleagues were able to save him. If you are undertaking any activity, ensure that your equipment is well found, that you assess the activity and check the weather before venturing out.”