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Yacht crew rescued after running aground
THIS was the dramatic scene last night when an historic yacht with six people on board was left high and dry in the Solent.
The Southampton-based Sea Scamp went hard aground on a ledge east of Thorness Bay during a race for classic yachts around the Isle of Wight.
With the tide receding, lifeboat crews from Cowes and Yarmouth as well as the Needles auxiliary coastguard were called to the scene.
But with hours still to go until high tide, they went back to base before a team returned to Quarry Ledge in the early hours of this morning to help lay the boat's anchor.
The 41-ft “Bermudian-rigged sloop” refloated safely before being taken back to Cowes. It will be inspected today to determine whether it can return to its base in Shamrock Quay, Southampton.
Originally named Zeisig, Sea Scamp was built in Germany in 1936 and for eight years was used for navigation training and recreation by the Luftwaffe.
At the end of the war it was taken by the Royal Navy as reparations, but since 1984 has been owned and sailed by the Sea Scamp Syndicate.
The ledge where it went aground is close to the remains of the PLUTO pipeline which was laid in 1944 to pump fuel to France for the D Day invasion.
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