Yacht runs aground at Thistle

RUN AGROUND: Andrew Haldane's yacht Claire Allen took on water after running aground on Sunday morning at Thistle Island. Photograph: Ron Campbell
RUN AGROUND: Andrew Haldane's yacht Claire Allen took on water after running aground on Sunday morning at Thistle Island. Photograph: Ron Campbell

THE owner of a yacht that ran aground at Thistle Island on Sunday attempted to salvage the vessel on Monday.

Andrew Haldane's 43-foot sloop yacht Claire Allen ran aground at Horny Point on Sunday and was taking on water.

State Emergency Service Eyre district officer Robert Charlton said the SES received the radio call from volunteer radio operators at Tumby Bay at 7.50am on Sunday.

There were three people on board; two had abandoned ship and the third followed after making the radio call.

All three were picked up on shore by another boat.

The boat's crew administered first aid before being intercepted by the Port Lincoln SES boat, which took the three men to the Port Lincoln marina.

Mr Charlton said the crew had minor cuts and one was taken to hospital but there were no serious injuries.

A salvage was being attempted on Monday.

This was one of four marine call outs for the Port Lincoln SES over the weekend.

The SES assisted two boats in the Adelaide to Lincoln yacht race in the early hours of Saturday morning after they arrived in Port Lincoln and suffered engine problems.

"We assisted them to get to their berth," Mr Charlton said.

A yacht moored near Memory Cove was hit by a passing fishing boat in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 48-foot catamaran was about 300 metres offshore when it was hit by a commercial fishing boat at about 1am.

The fishing boat continued after speaking to the people on board the catamaran. 

After the incident was reported to police, they used an SES boat to go out and check on the catamaran crew.

There was only minor damage to the catamaran and nobody was injured.

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