All Weather Lifeboat aids stricken yacht

At lunchtime, Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of the ALB William Street to assist a 11m yacht that had lost all power and its mainsail. The yacht was being blown onto a lee shore in the F6 NW winds. The lifeboat reached the yacht which was in shallow water, rolling dramatically, and the skipper was able to receive a tow line from the lifeboat. The ALB quickly pulled the yacht into deeper water and then down the channel to the safety of the River Wyre. The yacht was put on a mooring until the following high tide, when the vessel was towed to the Marina.
Both boats were needed to assist a local trawler which had lost all steering in thick fog in the river Wyre. The vessel was located and towed safely to the Fish Dock. The video is on our Facebook page.
Fleetwood Lifeboat William Street, was launched today, 13th Jan, to the report that a cyclist had been swept into the sea off the lower promenade, just north of North Pier Blackpool. The lifeboat searched for over 2 hours along with teams from Lytham and Fleetwood Coastguards and the helicopter Rescue 122 from RAF Valley. Nothing was found and the resources were stood down.