Left high and dry: The French Captain Calamity who grounded his £200,000 boat on the rocks

Posted: 08/10/2011 in all marine news

Daily Mail – 

A French sailor was left high and dry when he beached his luxury £200,000 boat on rocks.

The seaman had the Captain Calamity moment as he motored the 42ft cruiser towards the marina at St Peter Port, Guernsey.

After realising the tide was too low to get over the marina wall, he turned the craft around but strayed outside the marker buoys and veered onto the rocky reef 300 yards away.

The jagged rocks pierced through the hull of the Jeanneau Prestige 42 boat, called the Jan-Ky III, leaving it marooned in the air.

As it was a sunny day, the nearby marina was packed with visitors who gathered to observe the maritime mishap and take photos.

The husband and wife, both aged in their 50s, were said to have staged a blazing row on board about who was to blame while they waited four hours for the tide to come back in.

The cruiser was then pulled off the rocks by the St Peter Port harbour master and towed into the marina where it is undergoing repairs to a number of holes in the hull.

In March, the ‘super moon’ was blamed for causing five ships to run aground within hours in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Vessels hit sandbanks that are not normally exposed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and Hampshire coast, as the phenomenon led to lower tides.

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