Yacht Loaded With Fuel Refloated Off Tresco

New Grimsby Harbour, Tresco

An environmental incident was prevented last night when Bryher firefighters helped refloat a damaged yacht off Tresco which had 2000 litres of diesel on board.

The Council and both Tresco and St Mary’s Harbourmasters were alerted to the potential pollution risk last night after the 80 ft yacht, and former sailing trawler the Keywaydin, got into trouble off the Queens Ledge at around 7pm and started to drag on an oncoming tide.

14 people were taken ashore.

The skipper went back to assess the situation after 11pm and found substantial damage to the hull and keel.

Bryher firefighters boarded with a salvage pump and added flotation aids and the vessel was refloated into Green Bay.

Falmouth Coastguard say it is a good result bearing in mind what could have happened with the fuel on board.

The yacht , which entered in the first Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race in 1972 is based in Falmouth.