The catamaran ran aground at Abbotsham Cliffs last night (Sunday) and lifeboat and the coastguard were dispatched to rescue those on board.

Coastguard and lifeboat teams clubbed together to save the life of two people on a sinking catamaran last night (Sunday).

Bideford Coastguard Rescue Team was first called, along with Clovelly and Appledore lifeboats, to the catamaran which had run aground on rocks at Abbotsham Cliffs.

On arrival they found the vessel in the surfline, being pushed onto the rocks by the incoming time.

While Appledore lifeboat fired two parachute flares to illuminate the area, Clovelly lifeboat attempted to tow the vessel clear.

But the hull of the catamaran had breached and water was coming in 'at an alarming rate', said the coastguard team.

They sent a coastguard rescue officer into the water to attach to a floating line, and rescue the two people and a dog on board.

A spokesman for Bideford Coastguard said: "The coastguard swimmer safely recovered both to the beach and he was checked over by the team and deemed to be shaken but fit and well.

"All SAR units stood down and returned to station."