Yacht becomes grounded at Cart Gap near Happisburgh

Coastguards guarding the beached yacht at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Coastguards guarding the beached yacht at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

A 35ft yacht is floundering and listing in an ebbing tide at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh, this morning after becoming grounded and crashing into groynes.

The hole in the side of the beached yacht at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

The hole in the side of the beached yacht at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

A solo sailor on board was able to get himself to safety before coastguard and lifeboat crews arrived shortly before 7.30am.

A gaping hole is visible in the side of the unnamed vessel and Happisburgh and Mundesley coastguard crews are guarding it until a decision has been made about what to do next.

Duncan Moore, deputy station officer with Happisburgh Coastguards, said they were waiting until low water, at about lunchtime, to assess the extent of the damage to the yacht to see whether it would be possible to refloat it.

The yacht's owner (right with dark jacket) talks to coastguards on the stricken yacht at Cart Gap, n

The yacht's owner (right with dark jacket) talks to coastguards on the stricken yacht at Cart Gap, near Happisburgh. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant


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