The solo sailor managed to pull his yacht clear of the rocks but then a damaged propeller left him drifting helplessly towards Yarmouth Pier.
The 25ft Bayliner burnt itself out and sank into shallow waters close to the shoreline on Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh
Lifeboat volunteers responded to numerous call outs from yachts around the UK requiring assistance this May bank holiday weekend.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have issued a warning after three men attempted to use a fridge freezer as a makeshift boat.
A single-handed French yachtsman was rescued last weekend in the first shout of the year for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
"Bad luck and propulsion difficulties halted their sailing for several hours", said Exmouth RNLI spokesman.
Four female rowers have been rescued in the Atlantic Ocean after their rowing boat capsized and they lost vital equipment.
The UK Coastguard have co-ordinated the rescue of 22 crew from a merchant vessel in gale force weather conditions in the Bay of Biscay.
‘This shows that no matter how experienced you might be, you can still get caught out by tides and weather', said Coastguard spokesman
The 14-metre Nicollet and her four Polish passengers and crew had been adrift mid Atlantic for nearly three days...
A yachtsman and his cat who were rescued off the West Australian coast by a container ship have been reunited following medical treatment.
A 70-year-old yachtsman who was dramatically rescued after falling into the River Conwy, returned to thank the RNLI life savers.
In a five-hour rescue operation, Margate's RNLI lifeboat assisted a yacht that was dismasted in bad weather off the north Kent coast.