Atlantic challenge rowing boat calls for assistance
Weymouth RNLI all-weather and Inshore lifeboats were launched 8.08 am on Sunday 19th August to reports from Solent Coastguard that a rowing boat was in difficulties 2 miles South of Lulworth Cove.
Once on scene at 08.30am the volunteer lifeboat crews found that the rowing boat was a 9 metre Atlantic rowing boat with a crew of 4. They had set off from Weymouth on Saturday for a training row in preparation for the Atlantic rowing challenge in December. However conditions on scene meant that they were struggling with the strong winds and tide and were unable to make any headway so they called for assistance.
Due to the sea conditions, It was decided that the all-weather lifeboat would deal with the rowing boat so the Inshore lifeboat was released and returned to station.
The all-weather lifeboat crew passed a line to the rowing boat and she was towed back to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 10.00am where they were put on the waiting pontoon.
They were met by Wyke Coastguard CRT who helped tie her up, took details and offered safety advice.
RNLI volunteer Deputy Coxswain Tye Shuttleworth said,' Force 4-5 wind over tide conditions on scene meant that they were dealing with a 1.5 metre swell and they were unable to make headway so called for assistance. It was a good decision to make at the time. They were using a hand held marine band radio which did not have a very good range so communications were not good. However it was pleasing to see that they were well equipped and were able to call for help when they needed it.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.