Warship rescues yacht sailing to Alderney off Devon

Four sailors travelling to Alderney in the Channel Islands were rescued by a Royal Navy warship off the Devon coast.

Portland Coastguard received a weak signal from the Mary Flora when its sails blew out and engine failed.

The yacht was located 18 miles (28.96km) off Brixham. Torbay Lifeboat was launched and a Lynx helicopter from HMS York helped with the search.

The boat was towed back to Brixham harbour. No-one was injured in the incident on Monday night.

Watch manager at Portland Coastguard, Bruce Lack said: "We are very grateful to the Navy warship York for their assistance in identifying and locating the yacht."

The crew on HMS York had been on exercise in the area when they received a message to assist with the rescue.

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