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South West storms: Crane frees St Mawes yacht

Yacht hits rocks at St Mawes
Image caption No-one was onboard the yacht when it drifted on to rocks at St Mawes

A crane has been used to free a yacht which drifted on to rocks in Cornwall during storm force winds.

The 40ft clipper, which is called the Ilona, ran aground at St Mawes on Thursday. No-one was aboard.

On Friday evening, during high tide, the yacht was lifted off the rocks by a crane.

It was then placed into deeper water and floated into St Mawes Harbour where the damage is currently being assessed, Falmouth Coastguard said.

Winds of up to 50mph (80km/h) battered parts of the South West during Thursday and Friday.

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