Lifeboat frees trapped yacht

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Arbroath RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were kept busy at the weekend after being called out on Saturday.

Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats assisted a local 28 foot yacht when its rudder had become entangled in a creel end.

The incident occurred approximately three quarters of a mile from Arbroath harbour entrance.

The lone male skipper of the yacht had been in direct phone contact with the lifeboat station and when it became clear that he was unable to free the yacht himself a decision was taken to launch the RNLI inshore lifeboat at 12.20 p.m.

Despite the best efforts of the volunteer crew aboard the RNLI inshore lifeboat the yacht remained entangled and a request from HM Coastguard came at 12.50 p.m. to launch the all-weather lifeboat.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived quickly at the scene and volunteer crew members from both RNLI lifeboats set about fixing a towline between the all-weather lifeboat and the yacht.

Shadowed by the inshore lifeboat the yacht was towed safely back to Arbroath harbour by the all-weather lifeboat, arriving at 1.40 p.m.