Yachtsman rescued in rough seas by lifeboat team from Caister

Caister Lifeboat on the scene of a striken yacht on December 6. Photo: Caister Lifeboat

Caister Lifeboat on the scene of a striken yacht on December 6. Photo: Caister Lifeboat - Credit: Caister Lifeboat

A routine training exercise for one lifeboat crew turned into a real emergency after they were alerted to a stricken yachtsman off the coast of Caister.

The yacht Olivia which got into difficulty off the coast of Caister. Picture: Caister Lifeboat

The yacht Olivia which got into difficulty off the coast of Caister. Picture: Caister Lifeboat - Credit: Archant

The crew of Caister Lifeboat were tasked into action after another vessel reported to HM Humber Coastguard that a single-handed yacht looked to be in difficulties seven miles off Caister.

Within 20 minutes of the call, two members of the lifeboat crew were on board the yacht Olivia were they found the yachtsman had injured his right hand.

The Gorleston Lifeboat was also sent and requested by the coastguard to tow the boat back to land.

The Caister Lifeboat escorted the boats back in rough seas and the vessels had returned to Great Yarmouth Harbour by around 2.30pm.