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Poole Lifeboat launch to a Yacht stuck in the Mud

Lifeboats News Release

Poole’s D’ class Lifeboat launched today just after 2pm (Thursday March 23rd ) to a report of a small racing yacht that had capsized off Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole Harbour.

Stricken Sailing yacht with its mast in the mud

RNLI/Poole Lifeboat

Stuck in the Mud

The stricken vessel with two people on board had capsized with its mast stuck in the mud.

With the help of two other ribs that were in the vicinity, the crew worked together and managed to get the mast out of the mud, de-rig it and then they escorted the vessel back into Parkstone Yacht club where it was recovered.

Conditions in the harbour were chilly with a strong blustery North Easterly wind

Volunteer helmsman Jonathan Clark said;

‘Although nobody was in immediate danger the conditions were testing, with a sharp wind, it was a good job well done, the people on board the vessel were cold but okay’.

After bringing the vessel safely back ashore the lifeboat returned back to station, then after refuelling it was ready for service by 4pm.

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