Lymington RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew attended

Gusty north easterly force 3 to 5 winds and a dragging

anchor close to a lee shore resulted in a 38ft yacht getting its keel caught in a gully near the Isle of Wight.

Five crew were aboard the cruiser when the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon on Hampstead Ledge on the western side of Newtown


With the ebbing

spring tide having quickly taken the water from beneath them, the crew had realised their predicament and settled, down

assuring the coastguard of their wellbeing, to await the return of the


However as the tide turned the owner became concerned that the

rock formations might prevent the vessel, now resting at an extreme

angle from rising sufficiently leading to damage and flooding as the

tide rose and the gusty wind continued across the tidal flow.


RNLI crew members from Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Station sprang into action when their pagers went off at 6.15pm. 

The lifeboat crew found

the yacht hard aground port side down with hull and rudder exposed and

the now flooding tide lapping at deck level.

Echo sounding and shallow

water dipping identified the extent of the gully and best route out

given sufficient rise of tide.

A tow line was established and the

yacht held across the tide, head to breeze for two hours until

sufficient water existed to execute the tow out of the gully.


checked for damage, the yacht was released to continue its passage to


Lymngton RNLI lifeboat returned to station shortly after 9pm.

(Pictures: Stills from the RNLI video)