3 for 1
Solent Coastguard requested that Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat be launched to the aid of a yacht which had lost its propeller and was near to St Albans Head.
The lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm on Friday 2nd August and was on route to the yacht when a radio message came in from the Coastguard to say that the crew of the yacht, although having lost a propeller, were able to continue their journey under sail, so no longer needed the lifeboat.
Just as this happened, another call came in from the Coastguard reporting a small motor boat with engine failure some 15 miles East of Grove Point Portland. The lifeboat made its way to the location and on arrival took the vessel in tow and brought her back to Weymouth Harbour.
No sooner than she was moored up, when the Coastguard requested that the lifeboat proceed to just outside Weymouth Harbour. A cabin cruiser suffering from engine failure had been towed from the West side of Portland by another vessel but she was unable to manoeuvre the cruiser in the confines of the harbour so had dropped the tow about 200m from the harbour entrance.
The lifeboat went alongside the cabin cruiser tied her alongside and brought her safely into harbour and berthed her at the cargo stage pontoons.
The lifeboat returned to station at 6.45pm refuelled and made ready for the next shout.
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.