Kent

Dover Coastguard rescue three from yacht off Ramsgate

  • 6 April 2013
  • From the section Kent
The Barracuda yacht
The yacht hit difficulties and ran aground at Goodwin sands

Three crew members have been winched from a yacht after the vessel ran aground off the Kent coast.

Dover Coastguard received a mayday distress call from the crew of the Barracuda just before 04:00 BST on Saturday.

It had hit difficulties and ran aground at Goodwin Sands, off Ramsgate.

Ramsgate lifeboat was sent to the scene and the three were rescued by the RAF helicopter from Wattisham. Nobody was injured.

The Ramsgate inshore and all weather lifeboats remain with the vessel where they are pumping out water until it can be towed back to shore, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said.

Nicola Goodban, watch manager at Dover Coastguard, thanked the rescue teams involved.

"Their fast and accurate assistance led to the smooth recovery of this yacht's crew," she said.

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