Remains of a yacht that ran aground near Seven Sisters

A YACHT that ran aground under the cliffs of the Seven Sisters last month is still stranded.

The 16 meter yacht left Dover on July 23 and ran aground at 4am on Monday July 25 between the Cuckmere Valley and Birling Gap near Eastbourne.

The owner hoped it would get afloat when the tide came in, but the boat, named Cape Michelle, got stuck on the rocks.

A salvage company is now being used to tow the boat back to sea.

The Argus: The boat on the morning it ran aground near Birling GapThe boat landed near Birling Gap in the morning

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The yacht Cape Michelle remains in her grounded position at Seven Sisters, east of Newhaven.

“The Newhaven Coastguard rescue team inspected the vessel yesterday, August 4th, and found the vessel to be intact and sound and had not pulled any closer to the cliffs. Its anchor was still in place and no additional damage was noted.

“A salvage operation is planned around the next high tide, with the owner having hired a salvage company to tow the ship back out to sea and on to a safe harbor for repairs. The MCA counter pollution is in liaison with the local authority, the vessel owner and the salvor.”

The next high tide is at 4:57pm today, while the high tide for Saturday is at 5:57pm.

The Argus: The Coast Guard helicopter rescued the sailor. Image by RNLI NewhavenThe Coast Guard helicopter rescued the sailor. Image by RNLI Newhaven

On Monday, July 25, rescue teams were alerted to the boat, which 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 RNLI from Newhaven also attended.

The sea was choppy, with waves about a meter high during the day and Cape Michelle was visible to the left.

The Argus: Under the Cliffs of the Seven SistersUnder the cliffs of the Seven Sisters

The Coast Guard encouraged people not to attempt to approach or board the ship due to the rocky terrain.

The Argus reported that the boat remained there for days after it ran aground.

There were concerns that the boat could leak diesel, which “would not have any harmful effects on the environment in the long term”.

In June, a yacht also carrying one person washed up on Rustington Beach in Littlehampton. Remains of a yacht that ran aground near Seven Sisters

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