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RNLI called as yacht gets into difficulty at Wells Harbour

The yacht had to be towed in by the RNLI Credit: RNLI, Wells

A yacht heading into Wells Harbour had to be towed to shore after its engine failed last night.

The yacht Summer Wind of Portsmouth had been on a passage from Bridlington to the south coast and was trying to stopover in Wells.

Wells Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 10:47pm and launched at 11:00pm, arriving on scene four minutes later.

The lifeboat crew found that the yacht had run hard aground and could not be re-floated until the morning tide.

The crew attempted to repair the engine but found it would only idle and not take any load. It was decided to tow the yacht into Wells harbour and moor her in the outer harbour. No one was hurt in the incident.

“Visiting vessels entering Wells Harbour should contact them either by phone or on VHF channel 12 prior to making an approach, especially during the hours of darkness. There is a free pilot service into the harbour."

– Simon Blakeley, Wells Harbour spokesman