46ft vessel hits chain ferry in 100th call for Poole volunteers
Poole Lifeboat volunteers launch to a Pan Pan as another Yacht collides with Chain Ferry, notching up a 100 ‘Shouts’ for the busy Coastal Station
Poole Lifeboat was launched by UK Coastguard
at 5.30pm (Saturday September 8) to a Pan Pan, a 46ft yacht with 7 people on-board which had collided with the Chain Ferry.
The lifeboat launched in minutes and came across the yacht, a double hulled catamaran inside the harbour, it was drifting down the channel. The yacht had sustained extensive damage down the port side, and its port keel had broken off and was floating nearby.
Repeating Pan-Pan three times over the radio states that; ‘It’s serious, we need help but there isn’t a grave and imminent danger to the boat or anyone on board’. There was a strong flood tide and a south westerly breeze in the harbour.
Two lifeboat volunteers were transferred on-board the stricken vessel, to check that the occupants were okay, although the damage to the yacht was extensive, there was no water ingress.
A tow line was attached and the vessel was brought to the Quay and taken into Poole Quay Boat Haven. A PHC vessel located the port keel and towed it the quay as it was semi-submerged it could have been a hazard to navigation.
Volunteer Helm Jonathan Clark said;
‘This is the second vessel that has collided with the ferry that we have launched to in recent weeks. Once more the strong flood tide has caught them out, thankfully this time, nobody was injured and hopefully the yacht can be repaired. The combination of the tides, the narrow entrance to the harbour and the Chain Ferry make this an extremely hazardous area.
For the volunteers at Poole it has been an incredibly busy few months and the ‘Shout today brought the tally to 100.
Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Paul Glatzel reflected on this tally and said;
“To see our 100th launch occur so early in the year reflects how busy the last few months have been. After an initial slow start to the year due to the cold weather our volunteers have had an exceptionally busy summer with our Atlantic and D-Class lifeboats often launching multiple times per day and night. Thanks to every branch of the Station from those that volunteer as Crew to those that do so in the Fundraising, Visits, old Lifeboat Museum and Community Safety teams. The commitment required to respond to so many shouts and support such a busy station is considerable for volunteers and of course their families too. “
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.