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Pair stranded as luxury yacht runs aground.

Byline: Abby Bolter Reporter abby.bolter@walesonline.co.uk

THE crew of a luxury yacht were left high and dry after they ran aground on a notorious rock.

The 30ft yacht was left listing heavily on Tusker Rock in the Bristol Channel after its two-strong crew were rescued by the RNLI.

Lifeboat volunteers said the pair, who got into dif-ficulty sailing from Cardiff to Swansea, were "in a very dangerous situation" as the boat could have leaned too far over, trapping them inside, or could have broken up.

"We don't have many boats that run aground on Tusker Rock," said Joe Simpson, Porthcawl RNLI's deputy launching authority.

"The ones that have done over the last 50 years have usually resulted in serious injury to the crew and the boats usually break up on the rocks."

Both Porthcawl lifeboats, Jean Ryall and Rose of the Shires, went to the rescue of the Alcedo Atthis following an emergency call at 11.30am on Friday . An RNLI spokesman said crews could see the cruiser leaning to one side in very shallow water and feared the two people on board could become trapped.

The yacht's crew, named only as Bill and Hazel, were taken ashore, while RNLI volunteers secured the boat into position so it could be refloated when the tide turned.

Once the tide did turn Porthcawl RNLI D class Jean Ryall relaunched, along with the Mumbles lifeboat, to tow the Alcedo Atthis off Tusker Rock and on to Swansea.

"Thanks to the good weather, the volunteer RNLI crews from Porthcawl and Mumbles were able to save both the crew and the boat itself," said Joe. Bill and Hazel said: "We were on our way from Cardiff to Swansea when we ran aground.

"We are very thankful for the speed with which the RNLI crews got to us and the effective way they came to our aid and saved us and our boat. The work these volunteers do is fantastic and we thank them greatly."

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A 30ft luxury yacht, Alcedo Atthis, got stuck on Tusker Rock in the Bristol Channel and |its crew had to be rescued by RNLI crews

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Date:Aug 3, 2015
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