Fishing boat towed in after engine fails

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A LOCAL fishing boat was towed into Scarborough harbour by the lifeboat after it started to sink.

The Sheila II got into difficulties yesterday morning at around 11.15am after the vessel suffered engine failure.

The boat was off Cromer Point just north of Scarborough.

Scarborough and Burniston coastguard were alerted and a rescue helicopter and lifeboat were called out.

The coastguard also put out a broadcast to find any vessels in the area that might be able to assist.

A spokeswoman said: “The boat was taking on water and had started to sink so those on board were obviously quite panicked.

“Everyone was OK and the vessel was towed back in by the lifeboat.”

The incident drew to a close at around 12.30pm.

Scarborough coastguard team were also called out at 1am yesterday morning to reports of a male fallen on rocks somewhere on the seafront.

After a short search the casualty was located on a pebble part of the beach below the Spa roundabout.

The man was placed on a stretcher and carried along the beach to an ambulance.

He was taken to Scarborough Hospital with suspected leg and shoulder injuries.