Lifeboat launches to yacht struggling in the tide
Swanage’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat was tasked to assist a 24 foot yacht with one person onboard who was in difficulties at Peveril Point due to the strong tidal race.
The lifeboat launched and quickly located the yacht placing a crew member aboard to assist the skipper. A tow line was connected and the yacht gently towed in to the tide so that the anchor could be recovered.
Once the anchor was recovered the yacht was towed to the RNLI mooring in Swanage Bay and the skipper taken ashore aboard the lifeboat so he could make arrangements to have the boat repaired.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.