Poole Lifeboats assist 9 people in 20ft vessel broken down taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

Inthe 2nd call on Saturday (14 July) Poole lifeboat and the D class lifeboat were requested to launch to a report of a boat in difficulty with 9 people on-board near the entrance to the Wareham Channel.

The 20 ft wooden boat had been on passage back from Wareham Quay and encountered engine problems, they were trying to row back, but the vessel was taking on water, and not making much headway in the dark.

The lifeboat found the vessel as the occupants waved the lights from their mobile phones , they checked that everyone was okay and transferred 4 of the casualties onto the Atlantic, to lighten the load so that the D class could manoeuvre into position and set up a towline bringing the vessel back to Moriconium Quay.

The lifeboats left the casualties, who were all happy to be back safely ashore and returned to station, they were ready for service at midnight.

Volunteer Helm Alex Evans who had earlier just finished a talk to the Morgan’s Owners Club dinner at the RNLI College, as he was leaving his pager rang out and he raced down to the station to respond, said;

‘They did the right thing and called for help, before the situation became worse, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, It would be advisable to always have a means of calling for help and lifejackets as situations can change without warning and the outcome could be very different’.

For more information please telephone Anne-Marie Clark, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07887 855073 - jclark14@sky.com or Dave Riley, National Media Officer on 07795 015042 - david_riley@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Newsdesk on 01202 336789


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