Royal Navy destroyer rescues sinking yacht in English Channel

Crew members of the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat work to recover the four victims from a hatch in the starboard quarter of HMS Diamond (HMS Diamond)

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 3:52 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[Brief] On Thursday the Royal Navy responded to a distress signal and rescued a yacht with five people off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel.


HMS Type 45 Destroyer diamond had just left port to join the carrier HMS queen elizabeth when she received a distress call from a yacht. The small vessel was en route from the Solent to Honfleur, France when it began to take on water and was in danger of sinking. Four crew members suffered from severe seasickness.


diamond worked with the RNLI and the French Coast Guard to effect a rescue. The warship’s crew dispatched a small boat to join the yacht and picked up four of the five people on board. They were transferred to the destroyer for treatment and medical treatment and then transferred again to the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat to be brought ashore.



The crew of HMS Diamond prepare to launch a small intervention boat (Royal Navy)


The yacht’s skipper remained on board and continued to work to save the vessel. Three members of Diamond the crew returned to the distressed vessel and assisted. The yacht remained afloat and the skipper successfully brought her back to the UK.


“In difficult conditions, working tirelessly, my ship’s crew saved the lives of five seafarers and ensured that one ship was not lost,” HMS said. diamond CO. Pierre Barfoot. “It’s in keeping with the finest traditions of the service and I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”