Rescue as boat runs out of fuel in the Wash

Coastguards are warning sailors to ensure they have enough fuel onboard after a man in his 60s had to be rescued from his boat in the Wash.

The man was travelling to his home port at Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.

Police had told coastguards at Great Yarmouth on Wednesday night the man was stranded at Gibraltar Point and needed charts to get to Wells.

He set off on Thursday but later had to be rescued by lifeboat after running out of fuel and being found drifting.

A safety boat working at a wind farm towed the boat to a safe point off Skegness to anchor until the RNLI lifeboat could take the vessel back into Wells Harbour.

Christina Martyn, watch manager at Great Yarmouth, said: "This incident is another example of a person going to sea without ensuring that they had made adequate preparation.

"When preparing for a trip of this nature, ensuring you have adequate fuel and charts of the area is a basic requirement."

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