Yacht loses sail and engine power in strong winds off Looe coast
A LIFEBOAT towed a stricken yacht back to shore in strong winds off the coast of Looe this afternoon after it first lost its sail and then its engine broke down.
The RNLI crew were alerted after members of the public spotted the vessel being blown towards the shore, around a quarter of a mile off the coast.
The Atlantic lifeboat was launched at around 1pm and helped the grateful sailor to bring his yacht safely back to Looe harbour.
Operations manager Dave Haines said: “It’s not a nice day out there. It’s raining and misty and blowing around force five to six. He was on his way from Fowey to Plymouth but lost his sails and then had engine trouble. We had several 999 calls from people who had spotted him. He was very grateful to see us.”
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