Sussex

Five-times rescued boat for sale at Littlehampton

Albatross boat Image copyright BBC news grab
Image caption The boat twice ran aground and was also abandoned at sea

A boat which was impounded after lifeboats were called out five times to incidents off the Sussex coast is to be sold.

The Albatross, which was abandoned at sea in September after the skipper swam ashore, is being sold by Littlehampton Harbour Board.

Billy Johnson, the harbour master, said the boat had "extensive damage" after being grounded "a number of times".

The 21ft vessel is being sold to try to cover the costs of its recovery.

Mr Johnson said the boat had several cracks in its hull and there were issues with gas safety onboard.

He said the Albatross would have sunk if it had not been removed from the water, at a cost of between £400 and £600.

"It could be reparable, but it will take a lot of effort.

"It may not be worth it," he said.

He said the boat had a reserve price of £200 but was worth about £2,000.

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