Update: Hemsby and Caister lifeboats rescue crew from overturned yacht off Winterton

A 40ft sailing boat runs aground off Winterton Ness. Picture from James Taylor Photographic. A 40ft sailing boat runs aground off Winterton Ness. Picture from James Taylor Photographic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
9:55 PM

Lifeboat crews mounted a rescue off the east Norfolk coast after a 40ft sailing boat hit sandbanks and overturned.

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Winterton beach. Picture by Mike PageWinterton beach. Picture by Mike Page

The yacht ran aground off Winterton Ness, north of Great Yarmouth, this afternoon.

Last night Daniel Hurd, coxswain of Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service, said team s from Hemsby and Caister were paged following reports that a boat had hit the sandbanks.

“They were about a quarter of a mile off Winterton,” said Mr Hurd.

“We went out and got the two crew and brought them back to land where they were met by the Winterton coastguard.”

They were taken back to Hemsby station where they waited until the overturned yacht was towed by Caister’s Bernard Matthews 2 lifeboat.

The crewmen had set off from Lowestoft earlier in the day and were on a sailing trip from Germany to Scotland.

They thanked the lifeboat crews for coming to their aid, adding that if it had been a more serious incident the teams would have gone above and beyond to help.

The lifeboats headed back out to Winterton after 8pm when high tide helped refloat the yacht.

The crew of the sailing vessel, called Funtime, said they planned to get back on board and continue their journey.


  • Well done Lifeboats you do a great job and I’m sure the two sailors were pleased to see you arrive and take them back to shore. I believe that since the December storms the sandbanks and bars have moved making it more of a challenge than before and wouldn’t therefore be marked on charts. Perhaps the wrong use of a word by the press, could of used ‘grounded on a sandbank’ but to inform the other commentators on English British Dictionary definitions for overturn verb 1. to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position

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    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • "Overturned Yacht" ?. I assume then that the mast is the keel ?. Yet more sloppy reporting from this rag.

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    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • I realise that the headline sensationalises the story a bit but I believe it is news when our local lifeboats mobilise - any incident at sea can soon turn life-threatening. These lifeboat men do a fantastic job, turn to for anything in any weather and are true heroes. We should be proud of them and for my part I want to hear about it when they've turned to at any time. Well done boys.

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    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • This is not news, just an amature sailors easy mistake, the Norfolk coastline is full of sandbanks, but easily navigable with the correct charts and a reliable depth sounder.

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    mr mayhem

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • That's not overturned, it's just sitting on the sandbank, it's leaning over because of the shape of the keel. So dramatic... not.

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    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Overturned! Really?

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    peter waller

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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