Wells lifeboat rescues two from yacht aground
The inshore lifeboat rescued two people when their small yacht went aground on a stony shoal.
The alarm was raised just before six o’clock on Monday, August 26. The inshore lifeboat launched shortly afterwards and attempted to pull the 23’ yacht off the bank known as Ben Taylor’s.
The crew of two were taken off the boat when the lifeboat was unable to re-float the vessel. They were ferried to the boathouse to await the next high water, which was shortly after three o’clock, when the lifeboat would attempt to re-float them.It’s understood the pair were trying to leave Wells early in the morning to return to Hartlepool but went aground on the falling tide on a stony bank on the edge of the channel between the quay and the boathouse.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.