Yacht grounded on St Cuthbert’s Isle

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Seahouses lifeboat helped to refloat a yacht which grounded on St Cuthbert’s Isle, just off Holy Island, on Saturday.

The alarm was raised at 11.40am with coastguards reporting that the 19 foot yacht was well aground and listing. There would be an obvious risk as the tide rose, that the yacht could flood.

After discussion, it was agreed to launch the Seahouses inshore lifeboat at 3.30pm, on the rising tide, so that a line could be attached to the yacht as it refloated, and assistance given to the sole crewman, to safely refloat the vessel.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and the yacht was safely refloated without incident, and towed to Holy Island harbour, where the yacht skipper met shore based Coastguard rescue officers.

The vessel was checked for possible damage, and to ensure that the hull was sound. No significant damage was found.

The yacht had been on passage from Amble to Berwick, when it inadvertently attempted to pass Holy Island on the mainland side. The channel here between the Island and the mainland is too shallow for vessels to pass.

Once the yacht was found to be safe, the yacht skipper decided to continue his passage to Berwick, and was escorted into deep water.

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