A YACHT stuck under the cliffs of the Seven Sisters for more than two weeks has been freed.
The 16 meter yacht, named Cape Michelle, left Dover on July 23 before running into trouble between the Cuckmere Valley and Birling Gap near Eastbourne in the early hours of July 25.
Attempts to refloat the boat at high tide were unsuccessful and there were fears that the boat was “deeper embedded in the chalk than previously thought”.
But the boat was eventually recovered yesterday afternoon with the help of side airbags and a rescue boat.
The owner said they were “very relieved” – adding that the ship needs a “minor repair as the pumps can’t keep up wherever there is a leak”.
Sussex Boat Trips, a Newhaven boat tour company, took pictures of the boat shortly after it was recovered yesterday afternoon.
A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCGA) said yesterday: “Attempts to refloat the Cape Michelle began at high tide on Tuesday by the owner’s contracted salvage company but the yacht remains in position at Seven Sisters, east of Newhaven .
“Airbags have been deployed around the hull alongside additional tow points to attach a towline – but there are concerns the ship is embedded deeper in the chalk than previously thought, limiting the ship’s ability to refloat.
“Additional options are being explored by the salvors while a Multicat vessel stays nearby for another towing attempt if conditions are suitable.
“Chances for flooding are improving as the week progresses, with the highest tide due at the weekend. MCA Pollution Response remains in liaison with the local authority, vessel owner and salvor.”
On Monday, July 25, rescue teams were alerted to the boat that had one person on board dragging its anchor across the seabed.
The sailor was taken to safety by coastguard helicopter from Lydd in Kent.
The Birling Gap Coastguard rescue team and the Newhaven RNLI were also at the scene.
The sea was choppy that day, with waves about a meter high and Cape Michelle visible to the left.
The Coast Guard encouraged people not to attempt to approach or board the vessel due to the rocky terrain.
The Argus reported that the boat remained there for days after it ran aground.
The MCGA has been asked for further comments.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20636722.boat-stuck-beneath-seven-sisters-cliffs-recovered/?ref=rss Boat stuck under Seven Sisters cliffs has been recovered