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North Today: Yachtsmen rescued.

TWO yachts were rescued off the Sunderland coastline.

A 35ft sailing yacht was towed to Sunderland Marina on Tuesday afternoon after an electrical fire in the engine compartment. Later that day, a 25ft yacht needed assistance around four miles off Sunderland Harbour. The yachtsman was physically exhausted after a 130- mile journey from Granton, near Edinburgh.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: "Both of the incidents demonstrate why it is important for vessels to be equipped with the correct safety equipment. In each case, the crews onboard the yachts were well prepared, both in terms of equipment carried and the knowledge of what procedures to follow."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 26, 2007
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