Yacht Keewaydin runs aground off Scilly Isles

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Passengers and crew were rescued from a 98-year-old yacht after it ran aground off the Isles of Scilly.

The 80ft (24m) Keewaydin, which was on a pleasure cruise, damaged its hull when it ran into an outcrop between Tresco and Bryher at about midnight.

The 14 people were taken from the vessel to the shore by a local boat, coastguards said. They were taken to the community centre on Bryher.

The Keewaydin's skipper Paul Welch said he was repairing the vessel's hull.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said a crew on Bryher had helped the crew keep the boat afloat overnight after being asked to attend by the coastguards.

"A water pump from Bryher was taken to the vessel at low tide via a smaller craft and was left in place at 0230 hours, waiting for the incoming tide to lift the boat free of the rocks," a spokesman said.

The boat eventually sailed again at 0530 BST and was being repaired on a beach at Bryher.

The Keewaydin, which took part in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1972, has been operating as a passenger yacht out of Cornwall since 2008.

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