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Published on May 30th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

West Mersea RNLI Catamaran Catastrophe

West Mersea RNLI Catamaran Catastrophe

May 2018

Catamaran Catastrophe
Launching into lashing rain and a strong force 6 breeze, we were called recently to help a singlehanded yachtsman struggling to moor his catamaran. The singlehander needed to tether his boat fore and aft. We found him in Alresford Creek having successfully picked up his stern mooring but unable to attach his bow. We happily did this for him, making his yacht fast.

Fouled Prop
Meanwhile, our senior helmsman (who was ashore) was flagged down in Coast Road and an incident involving a fouled propeller was pointed out to him. He immediately contacted the duty authority at the lifeboat station, who contacted the Coastguard, who radioed the RNLI lifeboat on her return from Alresford creek with instructions to divert and assist the entangled yacht.

The 34ft yacht had come up from Faversham the previous day on her way to Tollesbury but was stuck with a fishing net wrapped around her propeller, and anchored off the Nass. Putting a crewmember aboard to attach a towline, we towed her into safe waters leaving her securely on a mooring in Mersea.

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Photograph by West Mersea RNLI.

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