Injuries after yacht hits wreck off Sovereign Harbour

Eastbourne RNLI was called but later found the yacht was able to travel under its own steam
Eastbourne RNLI was called but later found the yacht was able to travel under its own steam

Two people were injured after their yacht ran aground on a wreck outside Sovereign Harbour this morning.

The yacht had just set off for France when it sustained ‘extensive damage’ in collision with a shipwreck, according to the RNLI.

The damaged boat was able to make its own way back to shore, where members of the RNLI assessed and treated them while they waited for an ambulance.

One person received a head injury, while another sustained injuries to her arm, leg and hip. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The yacht received ‘extensive damage’ to its rudder an keel, an RNLI spokesman said.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said their helicopter at Lydd was asked to fly out but was later stood down.