Wells lifeboat launched to yacht with broken mast

The Baby Beluga after its mast snapped off Welss. Picture: RNLI

The Baby Beluga after its mast snapped off Welss. Picture: RNLI - Credit: Archant

The all-weather lifeboat was sent out this morning, after the vessel's mast snapped while it was under full sail.

Wells lifeboat, which was launched this morning to a yacht whose mast had snapped. Picture: Simon Fi

Wells lifeboat, which was launched this morning to a yacht whose mast had snapped. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The incident happened at around 8am when the 10m Baby Beluga was under sail with two people on board.

She had left Wells on the early tide and was about five miles north-east of the habour when the incident happened. The mast snapped off at deck level and the crew had no alternative but to try and tie down the sails and secure the broken mast, which were lying on the deck and in the water.

The lifeboat launched at 8:37am and reached the vessel at just after 9am. Four of lifeboat crew were put on board to help secure the sails and lash the mast to the side of the boat.

The lifeboat then towed the yacht back into Wells outer harbour and handed her over to a Wells harbour launch. No-one was injured in the drama.

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