Propeller problems hit yacht

A RESCUE team from Felixstowe prevented a yacht from being dragged underwater after a mooring chain snagged its propeller.

A RESCUE team from Felixstowe prevented a yacht from being dragged underwater after a mooring chain snagged its propeller.

Members of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service were sent by Thames Coastguard to deal with the 34ft Dutch sloop Indigo in the River Orwell.

Service chairman John Cresswell said the boat - which had three people on board - has sailed over a mooring.

“She was held fast and in danger of being dragged underwater on the rising tide,” he said.

The crew was unable at first to free the stricken yacht but stayed alongside in their craft Volunteer during the danger period on Saturday evening and then returned early Sunday to clear the fouled propeller and check for damage.

The team and the Harwich lifeboat were also called our on Saturday to help the 31ft yacht Lynx which went aground on the Cork Sand.

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A team member was put in board the sloop to reassure the crew of two and help connect the tow rope to the lifeboat, which towed the vessel back into deep water before she was escorted back to Levington Marina by the Volunteer.