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Water skiers rescued after speedboat gets into difficulty off beach

PUBLISHED: 16:21 07 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 07 May 2018

The speedboat which got into difficulty on Pakefield beach in Suffolk on May 7, 2018. It was towed back to Lowestoft Harbour by a Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew. Picture: PAUL CARTER

The speedboat which got into difficulty on Pakefield beach in Suffolk on May 7, 2018. It was towed back to Lowestoft Harbour by a Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew. Picture: PAUL CARTER

PAUL CARTER

A group of water skiers were rescued after their speedboat suffered mechanical problems.

The four-metre vessel got into difficulty off Pakefield, in Suffolk, after a rope became stuck around the propeller just before 1pm on Monday May 7.

Two women, a man and a dog were on the boat at the time which ended up on Pakefield beach, close to the Oddfellows pub.

The RNLI Lowestoft lifeboat station launched its Patsy Knight boat which towed the speedboat from Pakefield to Lowestoft Harbour within half an hour.

Paul Carter, lifeboat operations manager for Lowestoft lifeboat, called the lifeboat crew after witnessing the emergency.

He said: “The occupants on the boat were not in any danger. It was a straight forward job. It was a little tiny boat.”

Mr Carter, from Corton, added the sea was flat and calm and no-one was injured.

The coxswain for the boat rescue was John Fox.


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