Yacht towed into harbour after going aground off Wells in north Norfolk
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A yacht had to be towed into harbour at Wells-next-the-sea on the north Norfolk coast after running aground in the early hours today.
Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were involved in the rescue of the yacht, Amigo, which had run aground in the swell as she was negotiating the entrance to Wells harbour in the dark, and damaged its steering while.
She had two people on board. No one was hurt in the incident.
Both Wells RNLI lifeboats were paged to launch to go to her assistance, at about 1.25am today.
The all-weather lifeboat and crew stood by with the boat still on its carriage ready, while the inshore lifeboat went to the stricken yacht.
Twenty minutes later the lifeboat reached the yacht and towed her off the sands into deeper water.
The damage to her rudder caused her to shear to port as the lifeboat towed her into the outer harbour.
Two incoming vessels, Eden Rose and Ginny Louise, which had been standing by were asked to hold off from entering the harbour until the tow had been completed and the vessel was safely moored up.
Meanwhile the all-weather boat stood down and returned to the boathouse. The inshore lifeboat returned to the boathouse and was ready for service again at 3am.
A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said: “The crew on the yacht requested assistance after going aground off Wells harbour. They were assisted by the Wells RNLI at about 1.30am.”