Highlands & Islands

Seven rescued after yacht capsized off Skye

Media captionA lifeboat crew went to the aid of the crew of the capsized yacht

Seven people have been rescued after their 52ft catamaran capsized off Skye.

Mallaig lifeboat crew found the sailors, who are French, clinging to the yacht's hull.

The craft's emergency beacon raised the alarm at about 21:00 on Wednesday. A sudden gust of wind was thought to have tipped the yacht over.

None of the catamaran's crew was injured and they spent the night at the Fishermen's Mission in Mallaig. The yacht was towed to Skye.

The RNLI said the capsize was so sudden that all onboard the yacht were trapped in the hull.

They managed to escape onto the upturned hull.

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