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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 October, 2004, 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
RNLI crew in Greek coast rescue
An RNLI lifeboat crew, who were holidaying in Greece, have rescued four British sailors from a sinking yacht.

The five members of the Redcar lifeboat crew and two others had been taking part in a boat race, when they received a Mayday call off the island of Levkas.

They turned their boat around and went to the aid of the stricken yacht that was caught in gale force winds and was rapidly filling up with water.

The crew rescued four sailors and towed the yacht three miles to shore.

They were met by cheers from crowds of onlookers.

An earlier rescue attempt had failed as a vessel sent from a nearby marina had also broken down.

The four ex-pats were absolutely amazed to be rescued by an RNLI lifecrew
Dave Cammish

Skipper Michael Picknett, cook Gordon Young, Andy Beevis, Barry Knaggs and Mark Reeves were accompanied by Michael Hoyle, a member of the Seahouses lifeboat crew and Cleveland firefighter Dave Bond.

The men were heading towards the harbour in Levkas following the race, but immediately turned the boat around and headed back out to sea to look for the sinking yacht.

When they found the vessel they rescued the sailors and sent Mr Hoyle aboard, who discovered a broken sea water pipe in the yacht's toilet and carried out an emergency repair.

The lifeboat crew then towed the sinking vessel to a mainland harbour at Sivota.

RNLI spokesman Dave Cammish said: "The four ex-pats were absolutely amazed to be rescued by an RNLI lifecrew.

"They were even more surprised not to be charged for the rescue, because in Greece nobody does something for nothing.

"But they were just following the best traditions of the RNLI in not charging."

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