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100 YEAR OLD CLIPPER GETS STRANDED.

Tuesday June 14th, 2011
100 YEAR OLD CLIPPER GETS STRANDED.

Lifeboat crews had to go to the aid of a 100year old clipper after it became stranded on sandbanks off the Northumberland coast.The 131ft De Tukker was trying to enter Amble Harbour when she ran aground and it took two RNLI vessels to free her.

An RNLI spokesman said, 'Both of Amble's RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch last night by HM Coastguard after De Tukker miscalculated the tide and grounded at the harbour entrance... She had tried to enter the harbour at low tide and immediately came to rest on a sandbank... Due to the considerable size of the vessel, which created a significant obstacle and the rising wind which would create a swell, it was decided to tow De Tukker off the sandbank and out to deeper water until the tide had risen and she could re-enter the harbour safely.'

The Dutch-registered clipper is used as a training boat for young people aged between 15 and 23 and is due to remain in Amble for several days.
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