Grounded yacht and broken down motor vessel assisted by Poole Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Both Lifeboats from Poole were out and about on the water during the final day of the Bournemouth Air Show (Sunday September 2).

Early in the afternoon, both lifeboats were tasked by UK Coastguard to a yacht that had found itself aground on the beach at Alum Chine.

The 29ft yacht which had 5 people on-board but whom were on the beach when the lifeboat arrived, had lost its anchor which had caused it to drift, they had deployed the reserve anchor but this had not held and with the on shore breeze they had found themselves nudged onto to the foreshore.

One crew from the D class was put on-board to check that the vessel was okay and a tow line was attached, as this was happening the D class was re-tasked by UK Coastguard to a report of a broken down motorboat off Branksome Chine.

As the D class made its way to the stricken motorboat the lifeboat towed the yacht out to deeper water, the crew member on-board checked for any signs of water ingress but nothing untoward was found, the 5 people from the yacht were picked up and transported to their yacht by a passing rib and were happy to continue with their journey.

Meanwhile the D class had located the broken down 26ft motor boat , they attached a tow line and brought the vessel safely back inside the harbour to a mooring at Brownsea Roads, near Brownsea Island, the three people on-board were feeling unwell so the lifeboat landed them ashore at Royal Motors, were they were met by Poole Coastguard.

Conditions in the bay were slight with a South Easterly wind with a slight chop and the wash from the many vessels out in the bay, estimated to be around 500 for the final day, enjoying the thrills and spills of the showcase of aviation above Poole Bay. With so many vessels out at sea, the lifeboats monitored the area and stood by, they then returned back to the Lifeboat station, refuelled and were ready for service by 6pm


The tow being passed to the grounded yacht


The D class taking up the tow of the motorboat

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