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Crew rescued from stricken yacht off Spurn Point

A helicopter, coastguards and lifeboat crews were involved in the rescue of a stricken yacht crew in "difficult conditions" on Friday night.

The rescue took place 22 miles off Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, after reports were received of two crew members with severe sea sickness.

The un-named boat had also run out of fuel and coastguards said it was in a "sticky situation".

Two crew were rescued in a state of near unconsciousness, coastguards said.

Mike Puplett, from Humber Coastguard, said the crews had performed the rescue in rough seas with winds gusting to 30 knots (34.5mph).

"Two of the people on board were severely sea sick," he said.

"So much so, that they couldn't actually move or function.

"These two people were in a state of near unconsciousness.

"The vessel had also run out of fuel and so was disabled the seas were rough and it [the yacht] was in a sticky situation".

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