December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A lifeboat crew went to the aid of a couple after their yacht ran aground off Clacton.
Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was called to Buxey Sand, four miles off Clacton, after Thames Coastguard received a mayday call from the yacht Karios at 4.50pm yesterday.
The 22ft yacht had also taken on water.
Local vessels the Offshore Progress and the Sophie Lee located and supported the casualty vessel until the lifeboat arrived on scene.
Helmsman Danny Thatcher said: “As we got there a vessel from the Gunfleet Sands Wind Farm had already pulled alongside them and was helping to pump out water.
“We also got a pump running, but there was not a huge amount of water taken on.”
After being pumped out the Karios was towed clear of the bank.
The Clacton lifeboat escorted the couple, who were aged in their 50s, back to Burnham, where it was met by Burnham RNLI and the South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team.
“We would like to thank the wind farm support vessel and our colleagues in Burnham for their assistance,” added Mr Thatcher.
The volunteer Clacton crew included helmsman Danny Thatcher and crewmen Mark Sanders, Bruce Hurton and Darren Simper.
The lifeboat returned to the station, in Hastings Avenue, by 8.10pm.