DUNBAR'S volunteer lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a broken down yacht drifting in the North Seas during thick fog overnight.

UK Coastguard paged for RNLI help at 11.20pm last night after receiving a call that the 12 metre Sally Belle yacht was stranded without power 22 miles east of Torness.

Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched from Torness Power Station and reached the vessel shortly before 1am.

A tow was quickly set up and the crew made their way back to Dunbar Harbour, taking special care in poor visibility.

The crew, which is currently using a relief boat Edward Duke of Windsor until its own Trent class John Neville Taylor returns to service after maintenance, arrived back at the harbour at 5am and, after guiding the yacht to a safe berth beside the ALB, returned to Torness where it was refuelled and made ready for service at 5.30am.

Gary Fairbairn, coxswain for Dunbar’s RNLI Lifeboat, said: “Given the fog conditions we couldn’t take any chances but we succeeded in towing the yacht to safety without incident.”