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Yacht Run Aground on Rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Stonehaven volunteer crew were paged by Aberdeen Coastguard at 19.00hrs on 20th December 2017 after reports of a vessel in distress.

Yacht on Rocks

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Yacht on Rocks
The vessel was 300m off Stonehaven Bay and reports of red flares had been seen. Upon arrival at the seen in became clear that the vessel had be stuck hard fast on rocks after being caught out by the receding tides.
The crew attempted to recover the vessel off the rocks but were unsuccessful. They decided to take the skipper ashore to warm him up and give him some refreshments, and attempt to recover the boat later when the tide came in.

At 11.15pm the crew and the skipper went back to the vessel and the tides allowed them to tow the yacht back to the harbour. The vessel suffered some rudder damage so will be in the harbour for the next few days until repaired.

The crew were refueled and back on station by 12.30am

Yacht on Rocks

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Yacht on Rocks
Crew with Yacht

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Crew with Yacht
Crew Recovering Yacht

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Crew Recovering Yacht
Crew with Yacht

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Crew with Yacht
Yacht in Harbour

RNLI/Lorraine Clark

Yacht in Harbour

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