Hunt for yacht crew called off after missing pair make contact

The crew of the Don't Panic are missing.
The crew of the Don't Panic are missing.

Emergency services have called off the hunt for an abandoned yacht's crew after the missing pair made contact.

An extensive search across North Sea coast was carried out this morning after the yacht was spotted aground in the early hours of this morning.

The blue and white yacht – called Don’t Panic – left Scarborough early yesterday evening around 5.30pm and was seen on CCTV.

At around 4.20am today, a fishing vessel reported to the UK Coastguard operations room that it had seen a yacht run aground off West Pier which turned out to be Don’t Panic.

It’s thought there were two people on board but no-one was found and attempts to contact Paul Rhodes, who owns the yacht, were unsuccessful.

The missing pair are now said to have contacted the emergency services to confirm they are fine and it is believed they left the vessel before it ran aground.

HM Coastguard Rescue Teams from Scarborough and Burniston conducted a shoreline search while lifeboats from Scarborough and the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter

from Humberside searched the sea.

Mike Puplett, from UK Coastguard, said at the time: "Our primary concern is obviously to find this crew. If you know where they are or if you are that crew, please let us know. We just need to know that you are safe."