Angling boat Heidi J rescues sailor after catamaran overturns off Yorkshire coast

Lifeboat volunteers have thanked a local angling boat's crew who helped when a catamaran capsized off the Yorkshire coast.

By Sarah Fitton
Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 6:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 6:38 pm

The 18-foot catamaran overturned around two miles from the shore off Bridlington on Saturday afternoon.

One man managed to stay with the upturned boat but another was some distance away in the water.

He had been in the sea for between 15 and 20 minutes when he was spotted by the skipper of a local angling boat - the Heidi J - which quickly picked up the sailor.

The lifeboat at the scene

The Heidi J skipper immediately made contact with the UK Coastguard and informed them that help was needed.

Bridlington's inshore lifeboat was paged at 2.53pm and one of their crew checked the sailor for any injuries.

Although he was cold from his time in the water, he said he was otherwise feeling well.

The catamaran was righted with help from the yacht club safety boat crew and headed back to the Blyth Park launching site.

Inshore boat helm Jof Pearson said: "Thanks to the skipper of the Heidi J who helped the sailor and made the correct call, we had little to do."

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