constant movement in the swell was causing the lifeboat to surge
on the anchor warp and Mike Picknett dropped the port
engine to help take the strain. However a very large sea struck
the lifeboat, lifting her almost vertical, and as she fell back
into the trough the port engine struck some submerged rocks.
The lifeboat was resecured and the engine lifted to prevent
the casualties were ready for the transfer the lifeboat was
brought nearer and resecured about 30 metres from the shore.
While waiting for a 'smooth' to make the transfer three 3 metres
seas passed under the lifeboat, lifting her almost vertical
again, and as she fell into the troughs her starboard quarter
struck the bottom. However, once these had passed the first
survivor was brought out to the boat.
the boys firmly and reassuring them all the way, Barry
and Gordon made their way out along the line through
the surf to the boat. Barry took the youngest casualty out first
and then returned to help with the second boy.
everyone safely aboard the port engine was started, the anchor
line and shore line cut and the Leicester Challenge
was taken ahead until she was clear of the surf. The second
engine was lowered and started and at 1625 she headed back to
Letters of Appreciation signed by the Institution's Chairman
were sent to Senior Helmsman Mike Picknett and crew members
Michael Hoyle, Barry Knaggs and Gordon Young following this