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Left high and dry: The French Captain Calamity who grounded his Ј200,000 boat on the rocks

UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 August 2011

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A French sailor was left high and dry when he beached his luxury Ј200,000 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.

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

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.

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

The moon was at its closest to the earth for 19 years. The pull of the moon is known to affect tides.

Among the ships to become stuck was a2,900 tonne cargo ship Paula-C, on its way to Cowes with a crew of nine and a 25ft yacht.

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Speaking about the latest incident, harbour master at St Peter Port Captain Peter Gill said: ‘The tide was too low to get into the marina so they motored out to sea but went outside the buoyed channel and parked themselves on top of the rocks.

‘The tide drops very quickly, about one inch every minute, so within 15 minutes it was clear the rocks had pierced through the hull and they were literally high and dry.

‘When it happened we put the CCTV cameras on them and we saw the woman sat at one end of the boat and the husband at the other end.

‘They were shouting at each other, their excitable Gallic character was coming through.

‘We sent the harbour boat out to assist them and towed them back in.’ Witness Richard Poet, 52, said: ‘It was a lovely sunny day so there were lots of people around taking photos of it.

‘The man on board even waved at them at one point.

The yacht attracted a lot of attention which it was stuck in the marina at St Peter Port, Guernsey, pictured, and a couple on board were seen having an argument

‘I think he was quite lucky that the damage wasn’t more severe. He realised he was stuck on the rocks and didn’t attempt to get off otherwise it could have been worse.

‘Even so, it was a very unusual site to see this luxury boat teetering on top of the rocks not knowing if it is going to topple over.’

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