Swanage lifeboat launches to assist solo sailor

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The relief all-weather lifeboat at Swanage was called into action on Friday afternoon when the sole crew of a 55’ ketch explained to the UK coastguard that he had been at sea for 75 days, having crossed the Atlantic, had engine failure and had limited battery power left.

HM Coastguard had received a call from the lone yachtsman and were concerned as communications were intermittent, so the Swanage lifeboat launched and made for the yacht’s last known position given as 13nm south of Anvil Point.

The lifeboat found the yacht using radar and was alongside 40 minutes later in an increasing westerly wind and a moderate sea. Two volunteer lifeboat crew were put on board the boat to assess the situation and chat with the skipper to assess the situation. The skipper explained that his yacht had suffered some damage during the crossing and that the engine was irreparable at sea. Although he has supplies from him and his dog for another few days it was decided to tow the vessel back to Swanage where her skipper could get a good rest and replenish some of the boat’s supplies and repair some damage before continuing its passage to the final port of call. The slow tow was completed when the boat was secured to the lifeboat mooring and the lifeboat was recovered to the boathouse almost five hours after launching.
Heaving line thrown to casualty vessel to pass tow line from lifeboat.

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Heaving line thrown to casualty vessel to pass tow line

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