Vessel lost in fog assisted by Weymouth Inshore lifeboat.
Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was on a regular morning exercise on Sunday 25th August when they were tasked at 9.50am by Solent Coastguard to locate and assist a vessel which was lost in fog near to Portland Bill.
The 8m converted fishing vessel was located at 10.10am 1.2 miles South of Portland Bill. The owner had recently purchased the vessel and had collected it from Dover and was making his way gradually to the West. There was very little equipment such as radar on the boat which led to the single person on board to lose position of his vessel when it became surrounded by heavy fog which had plagued the coast around Portland in the morning.
Once located the fishing boat was able to follow the lifeboat back to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 11.50am. They were met by Wyke Coastguard who helped tie the vessel up and offered the skipper some safety advice.
The Inshore lifeboat was 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 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.