A LIFEBOAT crew has warned of the dangers of sailing at night after helping a stranded yacht near Piel Island.

A lifeboat was dispatched around 12.30am yesterday from RNLI Barrow to help a yachtsman, who had called for assistance, after a strong spring tide was causing the yacht to drag its anchor.

Barrow Lifeboat Station launched Vision of Tamworth with Andy Baxter at the helm, after a request from HM Coastguard in Holyhead.

A spokesman from Barrow Lifeboat Station said: “No matter if it's a novice or experienced sailor, night is always difficult because visibility is poor.

“During this time of year, tackling spring tide can cause complications.

“As a general rule, we advise people heading out on the water to be wary about unpredictable weather conditions and if they have a power boat, make sure it's serviced regularly.”

The man sustained no injuries during the rescue.