Yacht runs aground by surfers on Cornwall's Towan Beach

image captionThe Newquay lifeboat helps float the stricken yacht

Surfers in Newquay had some unusual company when a 40ft (12m) yacht ran aground beside them.

The St Malo-registered Mayuko with a French crew on board got stranded on Towan Beach at lunchtime.

The Newquay inshore lifeboat put the yacht's anchor out and stood by until the boat floated off on the rising tide three hours later.

The six-strong crew of the Mayuko continued on their way to the Isles of Scilly.

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