York & North Yorkshire

Three yachts rescued during Whitby to Scarborough race

Three yachts competing in the Whitby to Scarborough race have been rescued.

The crew on board Shameless alerted Humber Coastguard to a man overboard. They were holding onto him at the front of the vessel.

An RAF Leconfield rescue helicopter was scrambled and an RNLI lifeboat launched. He was taken to hospital suffering from mild hypothermia.

Crews on board Martina and Bandit were also rescued with engine failure and "taking a battering" in strong seas.

Lynda Bell, of Humber Coastguard, said: "Fortunately, the man who had gone overboard from his yacht was wearing a lifejacket and his colleagues were able to save him.

"If you are undertaking any activity, ensure that your equipment is well found and check the weather before venturing out. "

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