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RNLI called to yachtsmen who were 'unable to sail'
12:36pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
LIFEBOAT crewmen were called to help two novice sailors spotted drifting off the north Essex coast.
Clacton RNLI was called to the sailors’ 20ft sailing yacht at about 11.50am yesterday.
Helmsman Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield said the sailors were spotted off the Holland-on-Sea coast and appeared to be losing engine power.
“They were inexperienced sailors and were unable to sail their vessel,” he said.
“We dropped their sail for them and towed them to Brightlingsea.”
The two men, who had no radio equipment on board and are thought to be local, were given safety advice by Clacton Coastguard.
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