Luxury yacht pair left stranded after 30ft cruiser runs aground on notorious rock

The crew of this luxury yacht were left high and dry after their 30ft cruiser ran aground on a notorious rock.

The motor yacht was left listing heavily on Tusker Rock in the Bristol Channel, two miles off the coast of Porthcawl, after its two-strong crew were rescued by the RNLI.

Lifeboat volunteers said the pair, who got into difficulty sailing from Cardiff to Swansea, were “in a very dangerous situation” as the boat could have leaned too far over, trapping them inside, or could have broken up.

‘Serious injury’

“We don’t have many boats that run aground on Tusker Rock. The ones that have done over the last 50 years have usually resulted in serious injury to the crew and the boats usually break up on the rocks,” said Joe Simpson, Porthcawl RNLI’s deputy launching authority.

Both Porthcawl lifeboats, Jean Ryall and Rose of the Shires, went to the rescue of the Alcedo Atthis following an emergency call at 11.30am on Friday .

An RNLI spokesman said crews could see the cruiser leaning to one side in very shallow water and feared the two people on board could be trapped if the boat leaned over too far.

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Porthcawl Lifeboats Launch to Vessel Aground Tusker Rock


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On arrival at the boat RNLI Volunteer Helmsman Ross Purchase put a crew member on board the stricken yacht to assist the crew, named only as Bill and Hazel, onto the lifeboat.

They were taken ashore, while RNLI volunteers secured the boat into position so it could be refloated when the tide turned.

Once the tide did turn Porthcawl RNLI D class Jean Ryall relaunched along with the Mumbles lifeboat to tow the Alcedo Atthis off Tusker Rock and onto Swansea.

“Thanks to the good weather, the volunteer RNLI crews from Porthcawl and Mumbles were able to save both the crew and the boat itself,” said Joe.

Bill and Hazel said: “We were on our way from Cardiff to Swansea when we ran aground. We are very thankful for the speed with which the RNLI crews got to us and the effective way they came to our aid and saved us and our boat. The work these volunteers do is fantastic and we thank them greatly.”

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