Sinking boat stranded five miles off Happisburgh coast in the dark is saved thanks to RNLI spotting flare

A lifeboat is launched. Picture: Cromer RNLI

A lifeboat is launched. Picture: Cromer RNLI - Credit: Archant

A person was left stranded in the dark on a sinking ship last night, after their 8m yacht began taking on water and cut the boat's power.

The Happisburgh RNLI received a mobile call just before 9pm on September 20, to reports of a vessel taking on water five miles off the coast of Happisburgh.

There was a hunt to find the vessel, as the yacht had no working radio.

However after putting up a white flair, the crew found the ship with one person on board.

The crew then set about attending to the casualty and ridding the yacht of water with a salvage pump.


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Tim Grimmer was at the helm of the lifeboat, and said: 'The crew had to work together and this went like clockwork, each member had a job to do and the team worked well together.'

The rest of the team on board the Howard Bell lifeboat were Charlotte Siely, Martin Gibbs and Sam Gillard.

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Once the lifeboat, towing the yacht reached the 'Yarmouth Roads' they were joined by Gorleston Lifeboat who took over the tow to take the yacht into the harbour.

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