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Stuck yacht freed from under pier

Boat under the pier (picture: Derek Lumb)
Thomas Cragg's yacht, The Planet, was left high and dry as the tide went out

A yachtsman who was rescued by a passenger ferry in rough seas three weeks ago got into trouble again when his vessel became stuck under a pier.

Thomas Cragg, 62, from Stoke-on-Trent, ran into problems on Sunday at Beaumaris, Anglesey, after the steering failed on his 40ft ketch Planet.

There was no damage to the pier, and the boat was towed out by Beaumaris lifeboat later in the day.

In September he was rescued off Anglesey with the help of MV Ulysses.

"He got into difficulties in the early hours of Sunday," said Derek Lumb, the operations manager with the RNLI at Beaumaris.

This was a very unusual incident
Derek Lumb, Beaumaris lifeboat

"He was trying to pick up a mooring in Beaumaris Bay when his steering failed and he drifted and became stuck under the pier."

As the tide went out the boat was left balancing on its keel and onlookers had to be kept away in case it fell over.

"I live on the front in Beaumaris and the first I knew about it was a neighbour banging on the door in the morning asking if I knew a boat was stuck under the pier," Mr Lumb said.

The incident was "very unusual", he added.

As the tide came in there were concerns that the boat might damage the pier, and a tow was set up with the lifeboat.

But in the end there was no damage to the pier structure and only "superficial" damage to the Planet, Mr Lumb said.

The Planet is currently moored at Beaumaris, and Mr Cragg is believed to have returned home to Stoke-on-Trent.

At the end of September Mr Cragg was left drifting in rough seas off the coast of Anglesey when the engine failed after a problem with the sails.

The Irish ferry UV Ulysses, with 300 passengers on board, helped in the rescue and the ferry captain was praised for his actions.


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