Yellow Submarine beaches off Clacton

RNLI rescuers and the RAF were scrambled after a 14-ft boat with three people on board issued a Mayday distress signal off Clacton Pier yesterday.

Roddy Ashworth

RNLI rescuers and the RAF were scrambled after a 14-ft boat with three people on board issued a Mayday distress signal off Clacton Pier yesterday.

The call, using VHF channel 16, came at around 8.30am from the vessel Yellow Submarine which was sinking about half a mile offshore.

Clacton RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat, Clacton Coastguard, Walton All Weather Lifeboat and RAF Rescue Helicopter 125 from Wattisham were sent to the scene by Thames Coastguard.


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Two boats in the area - the Sophie Lee and the Caroline - also went to the aid of the stricken vessel and it was later successfully beached at Clacton.

A spokesman for Thames Coastguard, based at Walton on the Naze, said: “There were no injuries - it seems that the boat had been patched up and was taking in water.

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“The boat was brought safely ashore.”

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