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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.

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


Mystery canoe sparks sea search at Holkham

The canoe washed up at Holkham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A mystery canoe which washed up on a Norfolk beach sparked a sea search yesterday afternoon.

The Wells lifeboat was launched following the discovery at Holkham but was stood down at 4.30pm after failing to find anyone.

"It must be presumed, and we hope, that the mystery of the empty canoe found on Holkham beach has a simple explanation and that the canoeists have made their own way ashore safely."

– Peter Rainsford, Wells lifeboat spokesman.

Man cut off by tide in north Norfolk is rescued

Wells lifeboat. Credit: RNLI.

A lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a man on the north Norfolk coast after he was cut off by the tide.

A member of the public raised the alarm after shouts were heard coming from across the narrow channel entering Wells Harbour.

The coastguard was alerted at about 8.15pm on Friday, an hour after high water.

Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and found the man within a few minutes.


'Appalling seas' hamper rescue effort at Harwich

The Belgian trawler in heavy seas off the coast of Harwich. Credit: RNLI.

Lifeboat crews had to come to the rescue of a trawler after it got into difficulties in "appalling seas" off the coast of Harwich.

The RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at about 12.45am on Friday but did not reached the Belgian beam trawler, which was 30 miles out, until 3.30am.

The volunteer crew battled a force nine gale as it attempted to tow the vessel back to Harwich.

The RNLI described the conditions as "appalling" and said the tow rope snapped three times on the journey back.

The lifeboat eventually returned to Harwich at 11.00am on Saturday.

The RNLI Harwich lifeboat returns to shore. Credit: RNLI.

Norfolk sea rescue

A father has thanked an RNLI lifeguard who helped him rescue his exhausted son and nephew from a dangerous rip current off Cromer beach in Norfolk.

The two boys were swimming off Stone Groyne when the current swept them out to sea and out of their depth.

The father of one of the boys, who is also uncle to the other, was in the water with them on a stand-up paddle board. He managed to reach the boys and got them to cling onto his board.

RNLI lifeguard Adam Brayne went out to their aid. He quickly paddled out through the surf and took the boys safely back to shore one by one.

Four people left stranded after jet ski breaks down

Lifeboat crews were called to the aid of four people who were left stranded after their jet ski broke down near Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI launched its D Class lifeboat and headed to the River Colne, close to Bateman’s Tower, at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Helmsman Danny Thatcher said they were found trying to make their way ashore through the mud with the jet ski.

The four were taken aboard the lifeboat and handed over to the awaiting coastguard at Brightlingsea Hard.

The jet ski had got a rope stuck in its impeller.

Season starts for Norfolk lifeguards

An RNLI lifeguard at Cromer beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lifeguard patrols are returning to the beaches of Norfolk this weekend for the start of the 2014 season.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution will be patrolling beaches at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth, and Gorleston.

Last year RNLI lifeguards in Norfolk saved eight lives, rescued 54 people and dealt with 989 incidents
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