Three yachts had to be rescued when heavy seas caused havoc during a race between Whitby and Scarborough.

One crewman was knocked overboard in heavy seas, whilst the

other two competing craft were towed after engine failure and a ‘general

battering’ from the conditions.

“Luckily the man overboard was wearing a lifejacket and

other crew members were about to reach him,” Lynda Bell from Humber Coastguard

told the Guardian.

The first yacht Martinez

declared a Mayday after getting into trouble North of Scarborough. After

dropping anchor, the crew revealed they were no longer in imminent danger and

their Mayday call was downgraded.

When the all weather Scarborough lifeboat Fanny Victoria

Wilkinson & Frank Stubbs
was en route

to rescue Martinez, they received

an alert that a man from another yacht had gone overboard. They were diverted

to rescue the crew of Shameless,

who had managed to get the man back on board just before the lifeboat arrived.

The man had spent so long in the water that he was taken to

hospital by helicopter.

RNLI lifeboat George and Mary Webb began towing Shameless to Scarborough, whilst the lifeboat returned to help

Martinez.

It was then that the third yacht Bandit requested assistance. She was helped by Whitby

Lifeboat and towed back to Scarborough Harbour.