Weymouth Lifeboat launched to the aid of a catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

Solent Coastguard requested that Weymouth RNLI lifeboat launch to go to the aid of a 31'catamaran which had called for assistance.

Weymouth ALB bringing in catamaran into Weymouth Harbour

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ALB bringing in catamaran

The lifeboat launched at 5.45pm on Tuesday 13th August to a reported position some seven miles due South of Portland Bill.

The yacht with one person on board, had been on passage from Falmouth to Ipswich when the fatigued skipper became concerned that the small engine of his vessel would not be able to cope with the strong currents around the Portland race so called for help using a mobile phone.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew established a tow and brought the Catamaran back to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 8.35pm and tied her up at the Pavilion end of the cargo stage.

They were met by the Wyke Coastguard CRT who helped to tie her up and offered safety advice.

Weymouth ALB about to put the catamaran alongside.

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ALB about to put the cat alongside

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