Yachtsman rescued by lifeboat after wind leaves sails in tatters
A lifeboat crew raced to the rescue of a lone yachtsman on Wednesday afternoon after he was battered by severe weather
The skipper of the 43ft yacht was left feeling extremely tired and ill after his boat had its sails blown out by strong winds and waves off West Cornwall.
The Sennen all-weather lifeboat City of London III was dispatched to meet the stricken vessel at midday.
On arrival two of its volunteer crew made the transfer to the vessel using a Y Boat, a small inflatable, and were able to take down the rest of the sails and secure a tow.
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The yacht was towed back to Newlyn harbour in before returning to Sennen Cove for 6.15pm.
Coxswain Terry George said the skipper clearly faced some difficult conditions.
He said: "The boat looked very sorry with the sails in tatters. We're not sure where he had been or where he was going but he'd clearly faced some horrible weather."