A Helping Hand on the Bristol Channel


Severn Unit member and Regional Head of Seamanship, Tim Huckvale, was returning from a family holiday on the Bristol Channel when he came across a yacht in trouble.

Tim heard a yacht call the coastguard saying he had engine failure and was drifting in a dredged shipping channel with a large dredger bearing down.

After assessing the oncoming commercial craft Tim decided that he had time to take “Alize” in tow.

The craft was later made secure at Cardiff.

In the same week, the Unit was called into action when Tewkesbury Marina had an emergency call from one of the berthholders who had broken down up river on the Avon.

MVS Minerva, which has returned to limited operations, responded and towed her safely back to the marina.