Moment yacht sinks off North Wales coast as two pulled from water

Criccieth RNLI at the scene of a sinking yacht
-Credit: (Image: Criccieth RNLI)

Images show the dramatic moment a yacht sank off the coast of Gwynedd after two sailors 'clinging' to the vessel were rescued. Emergency services were called after the boat began sinking off Borth y Gest on Monday evening.

The pair were rescued from the water, but the yacht could not be salvaged, and remains submerged in the water. Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat team said they were called to reports of a "yacht sinking swiftly" at around 7.45pm on Monday, and launched both lifeboats.

A spokesman said: "With initial reports stating that two persons were holding on to the stricken yacht, the station's inshore-resuce-boat was transferred to Porthmadog for launch from the harbour slipway, whilst the station's Atlantic 85-class lifeboat launched from Criccieth." You can get more story updates straight to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletters here.

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"Both vessels arrived on-scene within minutes. Thankfully, as the lifeboats arrived, both of the yacht's occupants were climbing aboard a passing speedboat."

"The inshore-rescue-boat took both aboard and conducted a medical assessment whilst ensuring there were no further occupants aboard the yacht. With no one injured and all accounted for, the lifeboat transferred the casualties back to Porthmadog to an awaiting team from Criccieth Coastguard Rescue Team."

Criccieth RNLI at the scene of a sinking yacht
Criccieth RNLI at the scene of a sinking yacht -Credit:Criccieth RNLI

"Please note, the stricken vessel remains in the main channel on the approaches to Porthmadog between markers 14 and 15 and care is advised whilst in the vicinity - at high-tide the yacht's cabin will be underwater, with only the listing mast visible (marked by a large blue buoy)."

"Also, there is a lot of flotsam and jetsam in the area."

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