Rude awakening as falling tide tips yacht over in Paignton
A German husband was left with a bruised ego after his yacht keeled over in shallow water while he and his wife were sleeping.
The red sailing vessel was moored at Broadsands Beach in Paignton where it tipped over after the water level rapidly dropped in low tide.
Rob Wood, lifeguard at the South Devon beach's kayak and paddleboard centre, said: "The couple had gone to sleep and were woken-up when the boat capsized.
"They were so taken by surprise that the wife emerged in her underwear before putting on a T-shirt. There was a lot of head scratching going on."
As the tide dropped the five-tonne steel boat was left perched on its single keel before it toppled over.
The heavy yacht was stuck in the unfortunate position for around an hour following the incident at around midday on Thursday.
The harbour master helped to attach buoyancy aids and ropes to the 30ft boat, and it was eventually pulled to a standing position.
Mr Wood added: "This sort of incident can happen by nature's call. I've seen it happen deliberately but never by accident."
The couple had been sailing from their homeland in Northern Germany to the Mediterranean.
"The husband said he was tired and must have not consulted his charts very well before mooring-up.
"The inside of the boat must have been a hell of a mess and his ego bruised."