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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