High winds keep Dutch sea rescue busy

15th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch sea rescue Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution – KNRM was kept busy on Sunday afternoon helping dozens of yachts and motorboats put in jeopardy by high winds.

In total, 18 KNRM stations along the Dutch coast were called out on several occasions to provide assistance. A KNRM representative said that was “an awful lot for a Sunday afternoon”. Most of the vessels in trouble were sailing yachts that were swamped by water or had overturned, or motorboats whose engines couldn’t cope with the high swells.

Luckily, the cold wind prevented too many swimmers taking to the seas. This included surfers because, said the representative, “with such high winds, only extremely accomplished surfers would venture out onto the water”.

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