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Mablethorpe rescue yacht grounded on a sand bar

Lifeboats News Release

Donna Nook Coastguard together with Mablethorpe Lifeboats and Mablethorpe Coastguard were called out by Humber Coastguard on June 30th around 3pm in response to a request for assistance from a vessel aground in the entrance to Saltfleet Haven.

The first attempt by Mablethorpe Lifeboat and Mablethorpe Inshore Lifeboat to free the vessel was unsuccessful, the tide was on the ebb and the vessel, a single masted yacht was already starting to settle into the sand bar which was preventing movement.
After checking that the crew onboard were happy to remain we decided to retreat and regroup for a further attempt on the next high water - around 3.40am.
Communications were established between to yacht and Humber Coastguard so that safety checks could be maintained over the coming hours. Later in the evening, Donna Nook Coastguard were able to drive out to the vessel with supplies and to discuss the plan for the next attempt at re-floating.
2am (now Friday 1st July) soon came around and Donna Nook Coastguard along with the two RNLI Lifeboats from Mablethorpe returned for the second attempt to re-float the yacht.
Although it was close, the vessel was re-floated at 0350am just as the water level started to fall again.
A member of the Mablethorpe Lifeboat crew remained on the vessel as it returned into the Haven. It was accompanied by Mablethorpe Inshore Lifeboat as far as possible, the ILB was forced to return to sea due to concerns it would not be able to get back out to sea if water levels dropped any lower.
With shore-side assistance from the waiting Coastguards the yacht was finally tied up around 4am.

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