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THE owner of a 40ft yacht got a shock when he received a call to say it was sinking.

A fisherman spotted the boat, which was moored at Itchenor, in West Sussex, taking on water in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Patrol officers from Chichester Harbour Conservancy took the decision to tow it back to their base to pump it out while they waited for the owner to arrive.

An initial investigation did not reveal why the vessel was taking on water.