Sailors who had bought yacht hours earlier ran aground on rocks trying to avoid Redcar windfarm

A lifeboatman took the helm and piloted the boat to safety at Hartlepool Marina. Photo from RNLI Redcar

The yacht had ran aground at Redcar and had to be refloated. Photo from RNLI Redcar

It was night by the time the boat could set sail again. Photo from RNLI Redcar

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Stockton/Hartlepool)

TWO men ran a yacht they had bought just hours earlier on to rocks and then had to be helped by the RNLI, who took the boat to safety.

The would-be sailors, who did not have a chart to help them navigate, had tried to avoid the coastal windfarm at Redcar on their way to Hartlepool Marina but were too close to shore and hit the rocks.

An off-duty RNLI volunteer had seen the eight-metre long boat aground about half a mile north-west of Redcar’s seafront lifeboat station just after 6pm on Saturday and raised the alarm.

The men, thought to be from the Tyne and Wear area, had bought the boat at Whitby earlier in the day. Low tide was still almost three hours away when volunteers from both Redcar’s lifeboats arrived.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said: “When our volunteer crew got alongside the yacht, the two men on board told them that one of the men had just bought the yacht and this was their first attempt to sail it.

“In an attempt to avoid sailing through the Teesside Wind Farm, they decided to stay close inshore but unfortunately that brought then into contact with the rocks off Redcar.”

The second-hand yacht was checked for damage, and its two-man crew opted to remain on board and await the rising tide. Two RNLI volunteers also remained on board.

The lifeboats returned to station and the RNLI crews were placed on standby until low tide when two of the crew walked out to the vessel to recheck its condition. The lifeboats re-launched at 11.30pm and the yacht was re-floated at 11.40pm.

It was then escorted while it made the two-hour passage to Hartlepool under its own engine, helmed by an RNLI crew member.

Mr Cocks said: “Neither of the yacht’s crew was able to navigate at night so two of our crew remained on board for the passage to Hartlepool.

"The yacht was not carrying navigation charts so, even if they had been qualified, they couldn’t have plotted a route to the marina at Hartlepool.”

Only one of the yacht’s crew had been involved with sailing a boat previously. The boat was not damaged and no-one was hurt.

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6:21pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Longbowman666 says...

Once again the RNLI have to come to the aid of people who buy a boat and try to sail it without any navigational aids, not even charts!

People who do this should be fined for it in the same manner as prank callers do for wasting the emergency service's time, perhaps there'd be not so many 'would be' sailors then with no qualifications, no charts and no clue!
Once again the RNLI have to come to the aid of people who buy a boat and try to sail it without any navigational aids, not even charts! People who do this should be fined for it in the same manner as prank callers do for wasting the emergency service's time, perhaps there'd be not so many 'would be' sailors then with no qualifications, no charts and no clue! Longbowman666
  • Score: 12

6:56pm Sun 30 Mar 14

NOTODDEN says...

I'm with longbowman on this . Reckless behaviour endangering themselves and rescue services who came to their aid
I'm with longbowman on this . Reckless behaviour endangering themselves and rescue services who came to their aid NOTODDEN
  • Score: 8

10:07am Mon 31 Mar 14

reasoned view says...

A donation to the RNLI would be fitting I think.
A donation to the RNLI would be fitting I think. reasoned view
  • Score: 3

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