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Coastguard navigation plea after Wash boat rescue

Coastguards have warned mariners about relying on navigation equipment after four people had to be rescued from a lost cruiser in the Wash.

The 35ft-boat called Fifth Dimension, which was carrying four people, had been heading for shelter because a crew member had become seriously seasick.

However, the boat had been travelling from Grimsby to Lowestoft when its electronic navigation equipment failed.

Transmitters and flares helped rescue crews locate the boat, near Hunstanton.

'Too much reliance'

Yarmouth Coastguard said the skipper had become concerned for the safety of the boat and its passengers as it became dark amid bad weather conditions.

The RNLI Hunstanton inshore and Skegness all-weather lifeboats were launched to search for the motor cruiser.

The boat was escorted to a port near Boston, in Lincolnshire.

The seasick crew member did not have to receive any medical treatment.

Peter Wheeler, watch manager at Great Yarmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said: "There is a danger in placing too much reliance on electronic navigation equipment and that mariners should be able to revert to more traditional methods when required."

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