Three people rescued by coastguard

THREE men in a yacht had to be rescued off the coast of Norfolk after a crew member was taken ill.A fishing vessel, situated 25 miles north east of Great Yarmouth, reported hearing a very weak urgency message on the radio from a yacht at around 4pm yesterday and this was passed on to Yarmouth Coastguard.

THREE men in a yacht had to be rescued off the coast of Norfolk after a crew member was taken ill.

A fishing vessel, situated 25 miles north east of Great Yarmouth, reported hearing a very weak urgency message on the radio from a yacht at around 4pm yesterday and this was passed on to Yarmouth Coastguard.

Enquiries and urgency broadcasts were then made by the coastguard to try and locate the yacht.

The dive support vessel, Vos Sympathy, managed to establish radio contact with the yacht, Bessie, a short time later, and went to her position to assist.


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The 76-year-old owner of the Bessie was suffering from a head injury and other ongoing medical problems, and was taken to the James Paget Hospital. His condition is reported to be stable.

The remaining two men, also in their 70s, were left to motor the yacht to Great Yarmouth.

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Communications were again lost with the unlit yacht, and the Gorleston Lifeboat was launched to relocate it.

It was eventually found and taken in tow, bound for Great Yarmouth, arriving in the early hours of this morning.

Mario Siano, Great Yarmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: “The owner of the vessel, from Doncaster, has been building the 10 metre yacht from steel, since 1999. He told us they were making for Calais and did not know how they got so far off course.

“The other two men are also in their mid 70s, and their families were unaware that they were intending such a trip.”

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