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From the BBC -

A yacht has been towed 30 miles (50km) to Alderney after it broke down and drifted in busy shipping lanes in the middle of the English Channel.
The 37ft (11.2m) Brisbane Star, with six people on board, got into difficulty while sailing in thick fog on Monday night.

It took the Alderney lifeboat about five hours to tow the vessel to safety in Braye Harbour.

There were no reports of any injuries on board the rescued vessel.


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A commercial sailing yacht with six crew aboard experienced engine failure in the Off Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme (mid Channel) on Monday evening, while on passage to Cherbourg.

The instructor of the 37 foot Coded boat Brisbane Star operating out of Portsmouth contacted the Coastguard by making a Pan Pan radio broadcast, requesting assistance due to the nature of their position and the weather conditions (no wind and fog was hindering visibility), hence the risk of collision was high.

Portland Coastguard liaised with the French counterparts at CROSS Jobourg and then agreed to take on the co-ordination of the search and rescue. The yacht was situated exactly half way between Weymouth and Cherbourg. Portland Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Alderney lifeboat and issued a broadcast to all shipping in the area. A Baltic Training Vessel Queen Galadriel responded to the broadcast and diverted to assist.

Ros Evans, Watch Manager, Portland Maritime Coastguard Co-ordination Centre, says:

Both the lifeboat and the Queen Galadriel arrived on scene at approximately 11.00 p.m.; the lifeboat took the casualty under tow successfully to Alderney. The Queen Galadriel continued on passage to Weymouth.

Engine failure may not always be grounds for initiating a rescue of a sail boat, but with the combination of no wind, poor visibility and drifting in a particularly hazardous area such as the traffic separation scheme, the crew were rightly justified to be concerned and raise the alarm


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