Kent

Yacht grounded on Goodwin Sands sinks after rescue

A 36ft yacht grounded off the Kent coast has sunk after attempts to refloat her failed.

Five men had to be airlifted from the Liquid Fusion on Sunday afternoon after a navigational error stranded the vessel on the Goodwin Sands near Deal.

An RAF rescue helicopter from Wattisham was scrambled and flew the men to safety at Manston Airfield.

It was hoped the yacht could be sailed back to its home port at Southampton, but it was too badly damaged.

Dover Coastguard said the Ramsgate all-weather lifeboat went alongside the Liquid Fusion as the tide rose later on Sunday, but the vessel was taking on water and sank.

Trinity House is to mark the wreck on Monday to ensure other shipping knows its whereabouts.

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