Press Notice No: Duty 2
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Posted 00:40 GMT
TWO CREW RESCUED FROM PASSENGER VESSEL AGROUND
Two people have been airlifted from a small passenger vessel this evening after she broke her moorings at Hunstanton. The anchor was carried away and the vessel grounded on a sand bank with engine failure in high winds and heavy seas.
The passenger vessel 'Sealion' broadcast a mayday message at 10.20 pm, picked up by Humber Coastguard. The two people on board put their lifejackets on, whilst Humber Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter from RAF Watisham.
Mario Siano, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager says:
"I am pleased to report that the two people who were onboard the passenger vessel have now been airlifted off and have been landed into the care of the Hunstanton Coastguard Rescue Team. Weather conditions tonight have been difficult – there have been high winds and heavy seas.
The crew were wearing lifejackets with lights on which, if they had ended up in the water would have made their location much easier."
Posted By: Joanne Groenenberg
For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401