September 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Members of Wells lifeboat crew use all their resources to find yacht with engine failure and unsure of his position today.
Both Wells lifeboats went to the aid of the yacht which suffered engine failure and had anchored over night off the coast to await rescue.
Humber coastguards first received an indistinct radio message from the yacht Ra which was on a passage from Grimsby to an unknown destination.
The yacht’s skipper told the coastguards he estimated he was between Burnham Overy Harbour and Wells but his anchor could have been dragging.
Coastguards struggled to locate him due to a weak signal from his VHF radio.
He also said he couldn’t see land even though visibility was good.
The inshore lifeboat from Wells launched at 8:58am.
The all-weather lifeboat’s VHF Direction Finder was also used.
The yacht was spotted six to seven miles north-west of the harbour and was towed in at 9:48am.
The all-weather lifeboat took over the tow at 10:15am and brought the skipper back to Wells harbour.
No one was hurt in the incident.
The operation was completed by 12.50pm.
This is the second rescue by Wells lifeboats in 36 hours.
On Monday night three kayakers had to be rescued in Blakeney Harbour when they got disorientated in the dark.