Vessel reported to have run aground

Lifeboats News Release

The busy bank holiday weekend continued for Weymouth RNLI lifeboats as the Inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.30pm on Monday 26th August to reports of a vessel aground on Portland Breakwater.

Weymouth ILB

RNLI/Lyle Stantiford

Weymouth ILB

On scene at 2.48pm the volunteer lifeboat crew found that 2 adults and a child who had been on the boat were safely ashore and walking down the breakwater towards Newtons Cove, where they were later met by Wyke Coastguard CRT.

The vessel that they had been in appeared to have suffered no visible damage and was under tow by another local vessel to Weymouth harbour.

With this information passed to the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) the Inshore lifeboat was then released return to station at 2.55pm where she was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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