Yacht runs aground near Holy Island

An RNLI lifeboat was launched to help refloat a yacht which had run aground near Holy Island yesterday.

The 19ft boat had been travelling from Amble to Berwick, when the skipper attempted to pass the island on the mainland side, where the channel is too shallow for vessels to pass.

Shore-based Coastguards from the Island reported the yacht was well aground and listing at neighbouring St Cuthbert’s Island and called for assistance from Seahouses Lifeboat Station at 11.40am.

As there would be a risk the yacht could flood as the tide rose, the crew agreed to launch the inshore lifeboat at 3.30pm on the rising tide, so that a line could be attached to the yacht, helping the sole crewman to refloat it.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3.52pm and the yacht was safely refloated and towed to Holy Island Harbour, where the yacht skipper met local Coastguard rescue officers.

The vessel was checked for possible damage and to ensure that the hull was sound. No significant damage was found.

The skipper decided to continue his journey to Berwick and was escorted into deep water to the east of Holy Island by the lifeboat.