The group were rescued from the foundering vessel at midnight on Monday

Three sailors were

rescued from their sinking yacht on Monday evening after hitting Plymouth


The incident, which happened

just before midnight, saw The Lady

crash into the structure in Plymouth Sound while attempting to

enter the area in the dark.

The 11m yacht, which had

been on a passage from Dartmouth, lost its steering as a result of the accident

and began taking on water.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat,

together with the inshore lifeboat, was immediately launched to the scene to

help the crew on board the foundering yacht.

An RNLI spokesperson

said: “With good conditions and lights winds the casualty vessel had drifted

half a mile clear of the breakwater. The volunteer RNLI crew then stabilised

the situation and made sure that there was no risk to life.

“Specialised pumping

equipment was on standby however, with the ingress of water under control it

was decided to immediately tow the vessel to shore.”

Once the yacht had

been brought in, the lifeboat crew handed the boat to Mayflower Marina staff

who then hoisted her out of the water for the night.

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