Rescue mission for injured yachtsman

The emergency services were out in force yesterday after a yacht skipper suffered a suspected broken leg off Brancaster.Coastguard, police, ambulance, air ambulance and an RNLI hovercraft were all mobilised after the accident at about 4.

The emergency services were out in force yesterday after a yacht skipper suffered a suspected broken leg off Brancaster.

Coastguard, police, ambulance, air ambulance and an RNLI hovercraft were all mobilised after the accident at about 4.50pm.

Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton's RNLI hovercraft to evacuate the skipper from the 36ft yacht Jondala.

However, by the time it arrived at the scene the vessel had already made its own way into Brancaster harbour.


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The skipper was taken by the East Anglian Air Ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The hovercraft returned to its station at 6pm.

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Geoff Needham, spokesman for Hunstanton RNLI, said: “It was about two hours after high water and the tide was ebbing. The yacht had managed to get so far into Brancaster harbour.

“The coastguard team and air ambulance had managed to get to the casualty. I'm pleased there has been a successful conclusion.”

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