Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting COUNTY GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Lifeboat rescues sailors during maiden voyage in Porlock
4:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A PAIR of sailors were rescued from their stranded yacht after it ran aground on the Somerset coastline in the pitch black.
The stricken vessel had to be rescued by the RNLI after its electrics failed shortly after 9pm on Saturday evening.
Neither of the two men on board the 30ft yacht, which they had just purchased from Cardiff, was hurt in the incident.
Lifeboat helmsmen Phil Sanderson said: “We didn’t have any trouble finding them because we could hear the yacht bumping on the bottom with each wave.
“It wasn’t the best time to be trying to get into Porlock Weir but, under the circumstances, they clearly thought it was their safest course of action.”
Mr Sanderson said the men, from Camborne, in Cornwall, were en route to Falmouth when they found themselves without power while crossing Porlock Bay.
While attempting to manoeuvre into Porlock Weir under sail at low water they ran aground on a pebble ridge at the entrance to the channel.
Members of the RNLI towed the yacht, which suffered minor damage, safely out into deep water.
The men were later towed into Porlock Weir by a local boat after the tide had risen.
- Two female kayakers were helped ashore by coastguards in poor weather at Hurlstone Point, near Minehead, on Tuesday afternoon (September 17).
Comments are closed on this article.