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Sailor rescued after Plymouth breakwater collisions

A lone sailor has been rescued after getting into difficulty twice while trying to land his vessel in Plymouth.

The man made two attempts to bring his 26ft (7.9m) yacht into the Sound on Thursday night.

He hit the breakwater both times, damaging the stem and stern separately. He called for help after getting stuck on rocks during the second collision.

Brixham Coastguard said the vessel was left on the breakwater and an attempt might be made to recover it later.

Coastguards received a mayday call at about 20:30 GMT.

Brixham watch manager Andy Huber said the yachtsman was sailing from Dartmouth to Wales and took shelter at Plymouth due to the worsening weather conditions.

After running aground, he stepped off the boat on to the breakwater and was rescued by a lifeboat which guided him to a safer area to get on board.

He was then taken to Plymouth lifeboat station.

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