Lifeboat called out to rescue yacht visitors

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SCARBOROUGH’S inshore lifeboat was launched after a visiting yacht ran aground in the harbour.

Coastguards were called to the scene just after 11pm on Thursday after the yacht’s occupants failed to understand the instructions and guidance of the pier watchman and

Station officer Mark Appleby said: “The team arrived on scene to find the two foreign occupants had taken to an inflatable dinghy, with no paddles and unable to start the engine, leaving them holding onto the yacht, which was listing at 45 degrees.

“The pier watchman had managed to secure sine lines to the yacht to stop it listing further.”

The two crew were taken on board the lifeboat and taken to the pontoons where they waited for their boat to be refloated by the incoming tide. The coastguard team were still on scene at 2am waiting for the tide to flood and ensure the yacht safely refloated.