Busy Spell continues for Poole Lifeboat volunteers
Poole Inshore lifeboat launched around 5pm (July 18) to a report of a 17ft boat aground.
The vessel with two people on-board was reported to have run aground east of Green Island, the volunteer crew were shortly on scene and scoured the area but no vessel was found, they searched further afield and spotted the vessel in the shallow water close to Round island.
The vessel and been ‘high and dry’ for around four hours on one of the hottest days of the year, the Inshore lifeboat got as close as they could, then the lifeboat crew deployed the ‘X’ boat which is a small inflatable boat ideal to use in the shallow reaches, two crew made their way across the shallow ground, traversing 150 metres to the stricken vessel.
The crew checked that the people were okay, they then secured the vessel, then helped the two people into the X boat. They then navigated the mud flat back to the Inshore Lifeboat, where they transferred the casualties across and headed back to the lifeboat station.
The lifeboat crew informed the hire company where to find their boat, fortunately this time, the two people were none the worse for their adventure.
The lifeboat crew then took another hour and a half to wash the ‘mud’ off the inshore lifeboat, lifejackets and equipment so that they were ready for service.
Just as well that they did as the pager rang out just after 10.30pm, a report had come through that a 28ft yacht with one person on-board had lost power and had collided with the ‘Training Bank’.
Solent Coastguard tasked the Poole Inshore Lifeboat, they were soon on scene and found the vessel which had been on its way back from Shell Bay into Poole harbour when it made contact with the unforgiving ridge of rock known as the Training Bank, the yacht had freed itself and was drifting, there was not a breath of wind and with no means of propulsion, the lifeboat went alongside to secure it.
Two crew were put on-board to check for any ingress or damage, nothing untoward was found, so a tow line was attached and the lifeboat brought the vessel back to Poole Yacht Haven.
The volunteers returned to station and were ready for service just after midnight.
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