The yacht is still under the cliffs of Seven Sisters

A BOAT washed up on rocks beneath the cliffs of the Seven Sisters still lies on the beach.

The 16-metre yacht left Dover on Saturday and ran aground between the Cuckmere Valley and Birling Gap near Eastbourne at 4am on Monday.

It remains stranded after failing to refloat at high tide, which was at 10pm Monday.

The owner of the vessel, named Cape Michelle, will now evaluate salvage options.

The Argus: The boat pictured on Monday is still standingThe boat pictured on Monday still remains

A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: “The stranded vessel has been monitored and is ready to respond if the vessel comes back afloat at high tide. However, the ship has remained in place.

“The owner is exploring salvage options with appropriate companies and is in liaison with MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage. The recipient of the wreck was also notified.

“MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage has determined that the fuel on the ship does not pose a long-term environmental risk.

The Argus: The boat can be seen under the cliffs of the Seven SistersThe boat can be seen under the cliffs of the Seven Sisters

“The municipal council and the environmental agency have been informed.

“HM Coastguard urges the public not to attempt to approach or board the vessel which may appear accessible at low tide in certain locations but would not be advisable due to the rocky terrain.”

On Monday, rescue teams were alerted to the boat, which had one person on board dragging its anchor across the seabed.

The Birling Gap coastguard rescue team attended along with Newhaven RNLI and the coastguard helicopter from Lydd in Kent.

The Argus: People are asked to avoid the boatPeople are asked to avoid the boat

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

Last month a yacht, also manned by one person, washed up on Rustington Beach in Littlehampton. The yacht is still under the cliffs of Seven Sisters

Fry Electronics Team

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