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New chapter for sailor whose yacht got impaled on a groyne

John Favell's yacht grounded at Happisburgh in Norfolk. Credit: ITV Anglia

A lone skipper , who lost everything when his yacht became impaled on a groyne in North Norfolk, says he will always be grateful to the community who rallied around him and gave him a home.

John Favell, was sailing from Hull to the Thames Estuary when the yacht ran aground at Happisburgh. But now after two months he's leaving to stay with family while he works out his next step. He will leave either today or tomorrow.


Sailor thrown ashore by force of impact with groynes

The yacht ran aground close to Cart Gap. Credit: RNLI.

A sailor was thrown ashore after his yacht crashed into groynes on the north Norfolk coast.

Happisburgh's lifeboat crew were called on Saturday morning by the coastguard.

The yacht had been sailing from Hull to the Thames Estuary when its engine failed and he ran into the groynes.

The lone sailor had been thrown ashore by the force of the impact.


Lifeboat helps dive boat in trouble

The Happisburgh lifeboat helps a dive boat Credit: RNLI

The Happisburgh lifeboat was called out (Saturday) today to help the ‘Cam Diver’ with five persons on board off the Norfolk coast. The crew had been unable to restart its engine so they called Humber Coastguard, who in turn paged Happisburgh Lifeboat at 12:50pm. The “Douglas Paley” was launched at 1 pm and it arrived at the ‘Cam Diver’ at 1:10pm, which was 3 miles off Bacton. The dive boat was then towed back to Sea Palling, where they had started from, arriving there at 1:47pm.

Memorial unveiled to 13 men who died in helicopter crash 33 years ago

A memorial has been unveiled in Great Yarmouth to remember the 13 men who died when a helicopter carrying off shore gas rig workers crashed off the North Norfolk coast 33 years ago.

Relatives of one of the men who died have been campaigning for years for a lasting tribute to the lives lost in the 1981 tragedy.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

Researcher hails "incredibly important find" following discovery of ancient footprints on Norfolk coast

Simon Parfitt is excited about the findings. Credit: Natural History Museum

A researcher from the Natural History Museum has hailed the discovery of ancient footprints dating back 900,000 years on the North Norfolk coast as an "incredibly important find."

The remarkable footprints were found in May and luckily archaeologists were able to take casts before they were destroyed by the tides.

The footprints date back 900,000 years. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is really quite incredible," he said.

"They're without doubt the oldest human footprints in Europe, and some of the oldest human footprints in the world, so they're really an incredibly important find."

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