Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats called out for rescues

Alderney lifeboat towing catamaran Talia to Braye Harbour
Image caption The lone skipper of the Talia raised the alarm after his boat suffered engine failure

Two boats were towed to safety after getting into trouble near the Channel Islands.

The 33ft (10m) Southampton-registered catamaran Talia was travelling from Guernsey to Cherbourg when its engine failed on Monday evening.

Alderney's lifeboat towed the drifting vessel, which was about five miles south of Alderney, to Braye Harbour.

Mechanical and electric problems affected the 45ft (14m) Barnabas, which was rescued by the Guernsey lifeboat.

The Spirit of Guernsey launched at 20:30 BST on Monday, reaching the drifting boat and eight crew at 22:40, before towing it to St Peter Port, arriving at 04:30.

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