Today, the Torbay RNLI lifeboat went to the help a yacht that was taking on water seventeen miles off the coast Brixham. On Monday, the alarm was raised at 9.10 am by 2 yachts that saw the vessel Seahawk in tough conditions.
There, the yachts stood by till the lifeboat reached on scene and positioned a salvage pump on 8 meter vessel that had 3 people on board. After that, Seahawk was towed to Dartmouth, coming at 2.30 pm. The Humber Coastguard got a distress signal from the twenty two foot yacht just after 8 in the morning. The person who was on board stated that he was taking on water and his sails were in shreds and the engine stopped working. At that time, the wind was gusting up to forty six miles per hour, with a 3.5 meter swell.
The rescue and search helicopter from the RAF Wattisham was sent to the spot, with RNLI’s Cromer and Humber all weather yachts. A boat that was also in that region at that time also went to help. It was there with the distressed yacht till the rescue team came. After that the man who was on the board was taken onboard to a helicopter and taken to the hospital. He has signs of hypothermia.
Humber Coastguard’s Watch Manager Graham Dawson told that conditions out in North Sea as of now have been quite treacherous, with winds gusting over forty mile per hour and a large swell. The yacht was well equipped with communications gadgets.