Weymouth RNLI lifeboat launched

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI lifeboat was launched at 10.55am on bank holiday Monday 30th May 2016 to the assistance of a broken down motor cruiser.

The 37' Free Lancer had sent out a Pan Pan call (a request for assistance but not a life threatening one) to Southern Coastguard reporting that they had engine failure and were in need of help.

Once on scene at 11.15am approx two and a half miles south of White Nothe, the lifeboat crew established a tow and brought the vessel which had four persons and a dog onboard back to Weymouth Harbour.

Once alongside at 12.10pm a check of the engine compartment revealed that due to a burst pipe the engine was partially flooded.

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