Three calls in three days for Wells lifeboat

The Wells inshore lifeboat was called into action three times in as many days to help boats which ran into difficulties during the Easter weekend.

The first incident was on Sunday, when the 30-foot motor-yacht Carina ran aground in the harbour entrance.

Her crew issued a mayday call as they feared the long-keel yacht was in danger of being swamped in the late evening tide, just before 10pm.

Wells RNLI helmsman Kevin Parr and four crew arrived within six minutes and quickly managed to tow the boat off the shallows and bring its occupants – three people and a dog – back to a pontoon in the new outer harbour.

On Monday lunchtime, the inshore crew was called out again to help a commercial inflatable craft which had lost power and was being swept on to the surf. The boat was towed to safety.

The third call came this morning when the anchor chain snapped on a yacht waiting for the tide to allow it to enter Wells harbour.

The yacht named Sundance, with four people on board, was anchored in Holkham Bay where she had been most of the evening. The crew had been advised not to attempt to negotiate the harbour channel in the dark if there was no-one on board who was familiar with the entrance.

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But after the decision was taken to drop anchor in Holkham Bay, the northerly wind got stronger overnight, making conditions on board very uncomfortable before the boat's anchor failed.

Two lifeboatmen boarded the yacht while the four people on board were taken ashore to recover from cold and sea sickness.

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